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    Members of Estonian military police to start mission in Afghanistan, Iraq

    TALLINN, Jan 09, BNS – The defense forces in the first half of January will send three members of the Estonian Military Police to missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, where those deployed will start fulfilling tasks specific to the military police.

    "This is a small contribution, but regardless of that, these missions are important for us namely in the professional sense," Lt. Col. Meelis Sarapuu, commander of the Estonian Military Police, said. "This will give us the opportunity to learn and develop in cooperation with allies and apply the experience gained in our training," he added.

    Two senior non-commissioned officers will head to the NATO-led train, advise and assist mission Resolute Support in Afghanistan for six months and will start serving as part of the advisory team of the Danish-led international military police unit. One senior non-commissioned officer will head to NATO's mission in Iraq for six months and will start service as part of the international military police unit.

    The previous long-term mission experience of the Estonian Military Police dates back to 2006-2013, when the close protection team of the Military Police was tasked with ensuring the protection of the Estonian charge d'affaires in Afghanistan.

    The key tasks of the Estonian Military Police include supervising discipline, carrying out criminal proceedings in service-related crimes, and proceeding disciplinary investigations. The Military Police also ensures the protection of the foreign ministers of defense, the management of armed forces, and the management of international organizations. Furthermore, the Military Police performs traffic supervision of vehicles of the defense forces of Estonia and regulates the movement of military convoys as well as ensures the protection of critical resources of the Estonian defense forces in case of a heightened risk. The Guard Battalion is also part of the Military Police.

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    Baltic News Service


    • Published: 09.01.2019 10:22
    • LETA, BNS
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