Kamp denies 'dirty war' in Afghanistan

19th December 2006, Comments 0 comments

19 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — Defence Minister Henk Kamp angrily rounded on Tuesday on Socialist SP MP Harry Bommel who accused the Liberal VVD minister of involving the Netherlands in the "dirty war" in Afghanistan.

19 December 2006

AMSTERDAM — Defence Minister Henk Kamp angrily rounded on Tuesday on Socialist SP MP Harry Bommel who accused the Liberal VVD minister of involving the Netherlands in the "dirty war" in Afghanistan.

"This is impolite to the armed forces and the Cabinet. You should be ashamed. Who is dirty here if roadside bombs are laid that hit the population?" Kamp said.
 
Kamp was questioned by the SP and green-left GroenLinks over the military operation against the Taliban in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, in which Dutch troops are involved.

Van Bommel said the Dutch mission in Afghanistan was sold as reconstruction, but claimed that war was now being waged.
 
Kamp said the operation involved incidental support from Dutch troops and that this was part of the agreement.

He was backed by the Christian Democrat CDA, Labour PvdA and VVD parties.

Besides Dutch air support — which is often deployed beyond the Dutch patrol province of Uruzgan — Dutch ground troops are also involved in the fighting this time.
 
Kamp said 100 troops are involved. They are there temporarily because the Netherlands is currently in command of the entire southern Afghanistan region.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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