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Covid-19: NATO pauses personnel rotation to Afghanistan amid coronavirus concerns

23 March 2020

The NATO-led 'Resolute Support' mission announced on 19 March its decision to temporarily pause the rotation of troops and personnel to Afghanistan amid concerns over the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

US Army General Scott Miller, the commander of 'Resolute Support' and of US Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) said in a statement that the mission had been establishing "pre-deployment protocols" in accordance with World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines to "prevent the travel of potentially infected persons into theatre", pointing out that in some cases these measures "will necessitate that some service members remain beyond their scheduled departure dates to continue the mission".

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