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For the Greeks, Afghanistan is over. Right now…

(BRUSSELS2) Without fanfare, the Greeks will leave the Afghan theater in a few days or weeks. The last contingent of 54 soldiers should return to Greek territory by the end of September. Which signals (almost) the end of Greece's participation in the NATO stabilization mission (ISAF). There will still remain, on site, for a few more weeks, 7 air force officers who provide training for their Afghan counterparts as well as 4 officers integrated into the ISAF administrative support service. The Greek presence in the ISAF forces in Afghanistan has never been very numerous: 220 soldiers, a number that quickly dropped to 140. There were still 112 of them last May according to a count by the Atlantic Alliance. The reason for this departure could not be more reasonable. There is no more money in the coffers...

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).