"Too much pressure on the military"

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14 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – The Dutch troops will only be able to stay on in the Afghan province of Uruzgan for another year, then the Netherlands' tasks must be taken over by another NATO country. Commander of the Armed Forces Dick Berlijn said this in the Algemeen Dagblad today.

14 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – The Dutch troops will only be able to stay on in the Afghan province of Uruzgan for another year, then the Netherlands' tasks must be taken over by another NATO country. Commander of the Armed Forces Dick Berlijn said this in the Algemeen Dagblad today.

Berlijn said that bringing the troops back after the two-year mission is completed will avoid excessive pressure on the military. Especially the smaller specialised units like the helicopter group and the engineering corps are bearing a heavy burden at the moment, he said.

Troops of these unit have to travel to Afghanistan more frequently to relieve the units there because these groups are smaller than other units, like the infantry for example. The Netherlands originally agreed on a two-year mission, that period is at the half-way point now.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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