Czechs to Deploy More Than 100 Elite Troops to Fight Al Qaeda in Afghanistan

The Czech Republic is planning to redeploy more than 100 elite troops to Afghanistan to serve in a U.S.-led operation against Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

The 120-troop unit served in the same mission, Enduring Freedom, in 2006.

"We are ready to send them to Afghanistan," ministry spokesman Andrej Cirtek said, adding that an agreement would likely be reached soon after this week's NATO summit in Bucharest, Romania.

The deployment will have to be approved by the Czech parliament.

The Czech Republic currently has more than 300 soldiers in Afghanistan in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. The Czech parliament has approved raising the number to 415 later this year.

Two Czech troops have died in Afghanistan.