Dutch helicopter hit in Afghanistan

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14 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — A Dutch Apache helicopter made a precautionary landing in Afghanistan on Sunday after it was damaged by ground fire, the Ministry of Defence said on Friday.

14 July 2006

AMSTERDAM — A Dutch Apache helicopter made a precautionary landing in Afghanistan on Sunday after it was damaged by ground fire, the Ministry of Defence said on Friday.

The helicopter was fired on with a small calibre weapon and suffered damage to its hydraulic system and tail section. The two-man crew returned safely to the Dutch base at Tarin Kowt.

Dutch F-16 jets were called in on Wednesday to support troops who were attacked by suspected Taliban fighters at Musah Qa'leh in Helmand Province. The planes did not open fire but their presence helped end the confrontation, a ministry spokesperson said.

The Netherlands is providing 1,400 troops as part of a Nato-led force to help reconstruction in Uruzgan Province. The task force becomes operational in August.

The Defence Ministry in The Hague has decided to bring heavier armoured vehicles because of an upsurge of activity by the Taliban this year. The Dutch troops currently use more lightly armoured Mercedes jeeps and Patria armoured vehicles.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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