Dutch military lacks equipment
In a letter to their union, Dutch military officials say that insufficient equipment endangers soldiers in Afghanistan.26 September 2008
AMSTERDAM -- The commanders of two Dutch platoons in the Afghan province of Uruzgan wrote to the military trade union VBM/NOV claiming that Dutch lives are at risk due to a shortage of equipment, such as armoured vehicles and ambulances. They say existing equipment is poorly maintained.
It is not the first time that members of the Dutch Task Force in Uruzgan complained about a lack of equipment. According to VBM/NOV chairman Jean Debie, the problem must be addressed immediately.
Defence Minister Eimert van Middelkoop says although he thinks it’s inappropriate for the commanders to seek publicity in this way, he will investigate their complaints.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]