The Spanish Defense Ministry said on Friday that 511 more Spanish troops will be sent to Afghanistan to bolster the security forces led by NATO present there, once the plan is approved by the parliament.

This increase would take the number of Spanish soldiers in Afghanistan to 1600, as said by a spokeswoman from the Defense Ministry. Defense Minister Carme Chacon will formally request for the troop increase next Wednesday in front of the parliament’s defense committee.

A statement from the ministry indicates that a part of the additional troops would train Afghan security forces, which would help them in taking over the security of their war-stricken country.

More than 23 soldiers from the Spanish defense forces have been killed in Afghanistan since 2002, when Spanish troops first arrived in Afghanistan. A Spanish soldier was killed last week in Afghanistan and six others were injured when a patrolling military vehicle was destroyed by a mine.

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