Dutch cabinet wants mission to northern Afghanistan

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The cabinet wants to send more than 350 police officers and soldiers to northern Afghanistan to train local police officers. Four Dutch F-16s would have to stay on in Afghanistan to provide protection to the troops. The jet fighters would have to be relocated from the southern province of Kandahar to the north of the country. The F16 unit comprises about 120 staff, bringing the total number of personnel for the mission to about 500.

Sources say that the cabinet will discuss the proposal for a mixed civilian-military mission on Friday. The Dutch trainers would be deployed in the province of Kunduz and in the capital Kabul. The training courses will be taught in training centres, but also in the field. The soldiers will act as trainers, but will provide protection if necessary.



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