NL participates in offensive against Taliban
Dutch soldiers started a major operation in the Afghan province of Uruzgan this weekend.18 February 2008
AMSTERDAM – Dutch soldiers started a major operation in the Afghan province of Uruzgan this weekend. They hope the action can push the Taliban out of the area surrounding Deh Rawod.
The soldiers are acting in cooperation with American and Afghan colleagues. The aim is to improve security and stability in the area so that reconstruction projects can be resumed. The defence ministry reported this on Monday.
The defence department says that enemy troops have gained more influence around Deh Rawod in the past months. "Reconstruction efforts were delayed as a result and the population has been under too much pressure from these troops."
This is the second major operation in which Dutch troops have been involved in Uruzgan. The campaign has been named Patan Ghar. In the autumn the area near the Baluchi valley, Chora and Deh Rashan was the stage for operation Spin Ghar. The ministry reported at the end of December that the operation was as good as completed.
The Netherlands has a small camp in Deh Rawod, west of Tarin Kowt, where the largest Dutch base is located.
[Copyright Expatica News 2008]
Subject: Dutch news