80 extra troops to Uruzgan
28 September 2007, THE HAGUE – The Netherlands is sending 80 extra troops to Uruzgan. The cabinet decided this on Friday, deputy prime minister Wouter Bos has announced.
28 September 2007
THE HAGUE – The Netherlands is sending 80 extra troops to Uruzgan. The cabinet decided this on Friday, deputy prime minister Wouter Bos has announced.
The two platoons will leave in a few days for the Deh Rawod region, where the smallest Dutch base is.
The decision to send more troops comes after increasing unrest in the area. There has been fierce fighting against the Taliban around Deh Rawod in the past weeks. Last week Dutch soldier Tim Hoogland was killed in combat.
More and more radical Islamic insurgents are heading for this part of Uruzgan, partly because of the ongoing battle in the neighbouring province of Helmand.
Commander of the Armed Forces Dick Berlijn said at the beginning of this week that NATO was considering reinforcements and did not rule out that these might come from the Netherlands.
Defence Minister Eimert van Middelkoop had already sent a letter to Parliament notifying them that two platoons were being held on standby for immediate departure to Afghanistan.
The minister is in Portugal at the moment but approved the deployment of the extra soldiers shortly before his departure on Friday, his spokesperson reported.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news