Friday, December 19, 2014
Finland devoted large amounts of money, time and effort to the Coalition mission in Afghanistan. Much of the Finnish work was done in northern Afghanistan. However, some of that work is coming undone. Insurgents have destroyed some of Finland's development aid projects and taken over others (to include district police stations). The Taliban have taken control of areas previously patrolled and secured by Finnish troops. The province of Faryab, once a Finnish occupied area (the Finns left in 2007), is now partially controlled by the Taliban. Read more in "Finnish development projects under fire in Afghanistan", Yle Uutiset (Finland media), December 18, 2014.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Finland will continue its financial support of Afghanistan with a commitment of 30 million euros per year. Read more in "Minister Paatero's speech at the International Afghanistan Conference", Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, December 4, 2014.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
A recent news article provides some information about Finnish Special Forces serving in Afghanistan. See "Finland has deployed special forces unit in Afghanistan", Helsingin Sanomat, February 23, 2012.