Dutch minister admits Afghan mission setback
Dutch Defence Minister Hans Hillen has acknowledged the police training mission in the Afghan province of Kunduz has had problems. In a letter to parliament, he writes that the Dutch mission is now operational.
Minister Hillen says that equipment for the mission had to be sent by air several times, because overnight flight permits were not received on time. He maintains these problems have now been virtually eliminated. He has promised to send 20 interpreters to the region whom he says will be needed until January 2012.
On Sunday, Dutch public broadcaster NOS reported that soldiers deployed on the Kunduz mission lacked essential equipment and interpreters. Minister Hillen has expressed concern that the soldiers told their stories to the media. “The enemy is also listening to and watching,” he warned.
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