Dutch troops in clashes with Taliban

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18 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Socialist SP and green-left GroenLinks are demanding answers from Defence Minister Henk Kamp over the Dutch involvement in a large-scale NATO operation in southern Afghanistan.

18 December 2006

AMSTERDAM — The Socialist SP and green-left GroenLinks are demanding answers from Defence Minister Henk Kamp over the Dutch involvement in a large-scale NATO operation in southern Afghanistan.

The Liberal VVD minister will be called before the Dutch Parliament on Tuesday.

Hundreds of NATO soldiers in the province of Kandahar have been locked in fighting with the Taliban since Friday last week.

The Dutch troops — stationed in the neighbouring province of Uruzgan — have been providing both air and (this time) ground support.

The SP is fiercely opposed to any Dutch involvement in combat operations, while GroenLinks claims such action deviates from the original Dutch mission, which was to focus on reconstruction.

The government coalition parties, the Christian Democrat CDA and VVD said Dutch troops should assist their allies in Afghanistan.

They said the Dutch soldiers would also be given assistance in return if needed and that Uruzgan would be safer if Kandahar was safer.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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