Dutch military limits patrols in Iraq

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18 August 2004, AMSTERDAM — The commander of Dutch forces in Iraq has limited the number of patrols his soldiers carry out, it was announced Wednesday. The move comes after a Dutch military policeman was killed in an ambush at the weekend.

18 August 2004

AMSTERDAM — The commander of Dutch forces in Iraq has limited the number of patrols his soldiers carry out, it was announced Wednesday. The move comes after a Dutch military policeman was killed in an ambush at the weekend.

Only essential movement of troops will be permitted until there was "clarity" about the security situation in light of events in recent days, a spokesman for the Dutch army said.

On Monday night another patrol was attacked. It returned fire but no one was injured.

The Netherlands has 1,276 marines and other military personnel serving with the international stabilisation force. The detachment is based in several locations in southern Iraq.

Meanwhile, the five Dutch soldiers who were wounded in Saturday's deadly ambush have returned to the Netherlands for further medical treatment.

The body of military policeman Jeroen Severs, 29, was flown home on Tuesday night.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news, Iraq

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