Taliban "getting more precise"

25th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

25 September 2007, THE HAGUE (AFP) - Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan are "getting better and more precise" and are receiving "outside help," the head of the Dutch armed forces said on Monday.

25 September 2007

THE HAGUE (AFP) - Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan are "getting better and more precise" and are receiving "outside help," the head of the Dutch armed forces said on Monday.

"We are noticing that the Taliban are making fewer mistakes," General Dick Berlijn, whose country has 1,660 troops in Afghanistan, told a news conference.

Taliban fighters in the southern province of Uruzgan are getting "help (and instructions) from abroad which makes them more efficient," he said without giving further details.

He said that the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan would be vital "for several years to come."

According to Berlijn "armed conflicts have increased" in Uruzgan and he expects the Taliban will try to get another successful attack in before winter.

The situation around the Dutch camp in Deh Rawod is tense with many Taliban fighters in the vicinity.

"We are considering sending some reinforcements," Berlijn said.

Dutch public Radio 1 news reported that sources within the defence ministry said the reinforcements would be around 80 soldiers.

The mandate for the Dutch mission in Afghanistan is set to end in August 2008.
The general made no comment about a possible extension of the mandate.

[Copyright AFP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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