Dutch rushing more troops to Afghanistan
19 April 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch government has decided to rush an additional 200 troops to the 1,400-strong stabilisation force being deployed in Afghanistan.
19 April 2006
AMSTERDAM — The Dutch government has decided to rush an additional 200 troops to the 1,400-strong stabilisation force being deployed in Afghanistan.
An advance group of soldiers is already in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan preparing the ground for the arrival of the main force. After months of debate, parliament agreed earlier this year to deploying 1,400 Dutch troops as part of a larger international force in Afghanistan for the next two years.
The coalition government has informed parliament by letter of the decision to send another 200 soldiers as soon as possible in light of the 'considerable worsening' of the security situation in the province.
The Dutch Military Intelligence Service (MIVD) has warned that the risk to Dutch troops has risen significantly. Taliban fighters appear to be increasingly better organised in a growing area within Uruzgan and possess good communications systems. This threatens to translate into more bombings, ambushes and attacks on helicopters in and around the Dutch compounds.
MIVD cautioned that this is not just the annual peak in violence during the spring after a lull during the winter months.
Approximately 150 of the reinforcements will help to protect the construction and supply troops. The rest will help guard the six Apache attack helicopters stationed at the largest Dutch base in Tarin Kowt.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news