Dutch police trainers wait to start mission
Dutch police trainers in the Afghan Province of Kunduz have carried out their first patrol, the Dutch Defence Ministry reports. They have also met some of the Afghan police officers they will be training.
Until now Dutch patrols have been accompanied by German or US soldiers. The Dutch troops arrived in Kunduz in early July.
Public broadcaster NOS reported on Sunday that trainers are complaining that the mission is a “logistical disaster”. Essential equipment, including shrapnel vests, has not arrived and only two of the twenty interpreters required have turned up.
The Ministry of Defence admits there are logistical problems and that the trainers will have to wait a couple of weeks before they can begin. One soldier is quoted on the NOS website "That means we can work for one month, because in October we will hand over to our successors."
The soldiers are calling it a lost year; they have been training for the mission since the spring and, now they are in Afghanistan, they can't do anything.
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