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Army Ranger Wing En Route To Afghanistan

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24 Irish citizens, as well as 12 Irish passport or visa holders waiting to evacuate

9 members of the elite Army Ranger Wing, will join 2 Irish diplomats in arranging flights out of Afghanistan.

The force is currently en-route to Afghanistan via Paris, and is expected to arrive tonight.

24 citizens and 12 other people who have Irish passports or visas, are waiting to evacuate the country.

According to a former Brigadier General, the deployment of special forces to Afghanistan will speed-up the evacuation of Irish citizens.

Retired Brigadier General, Ger Ahern, says there's a particular advantage to sending out our special forces:

Ireland does not posses any aircraft capable of making the flight to Kabul.

The Army Ranger Wing is stationed at the Curragh, here in Co. Kildare.

Independent Kildare South TD, Cathal Berry, a former Deputy Commander of the elite Irish Army Ranger Wing, joined Clem Ryan on this morning's 'Kildare Today':







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