"Dutch to remain in Uruzgan"

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14 November 2007, KABUL – The Dutch troops will remain in Uruzgan until the Afghan army is capable of operating independently. Defence Minister Eimert van Middelkoop has said this in a talk with his Afghan counterpart Abdul Rahim Wardak. The Afghan Ministry of Defence announced this in Kabul on Wednesday.

14 November 2007

KABUL – The Dutch troops will remain in Uruzgan until the Afghan army is capable of operating independently. Defence Minister Eimert van Middelkoop has said this in a talk with his Afghan counterpart Abdul Rahim Wardak.
 
The Afghan Ministry of Defence announced this in Kabul on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for Van Middelkoop says the report is "absolute nonsense." The Dutch minister only reiterated to the Afghans that the Netherlands is considering a possible extension of its mission to the southern province. A decision will be made soon.

Van Middelkoop will talk with the Afghan president Hamid Karzai today, the spokesperson said.

The ISAF stabilisation force is hard at work training and expanding the Afghan army so that it will ultimately be able to take on responsibility for security itself.

There are reportedly 61,000 Afghan troops at the moment. The aim is to expand this to 80,000, but Afghan authorities have expressed concern that this may not be adequate to handle the extremist uprisings in the country.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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