Kunduz police mission at full strength

11th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Dutch group of soldiers and police officers deployed to the Afghan province of Kunduz to train local police officers is now at full strength. The defence ministry says the last soldiers arrived in Kunduz on Sunday.

The last 160 soldiers left for Kunduz from the Eindhoven airforce base on Thursday. The police training mission will focus on training Afghan civilian police officers and reinforcing the legal system. The mission will end in mid 2014.

A majority in parliament voted in favour of the mission in spring when additional demands from the Green Left party and the Christian Union on the quality of the training and the duties of the Afghan officers had been met.

Under the agreed rules of engagement, the Dutch will only use force in Kunduz to defend themselves and others. And the officers who are to be trained by the Dutch may not be deployed as soldiers. The Afghan government has promised to respect these conditions.


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