Dutch troops in Afghanistan get extra unit

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The defence minister will send 35 troops as reinforcements to the province of Uruzgan.

17 April 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - Defence Minister Eimert van Middelkoop is sending extra forces to Afghanistan's Uruzgan province where Dutch ISAF troops are operating.

The reinforcements, about 35 soldiers, will serve as specialised guards to defend Dutch bases. This will allow the soldiers who are now guarding the camps to be deployed in Deh Rawod and the Baluchi Valley. The two areas have seen recent fierce fighting with the Taliban.

It is hoped the 35-strong guard unit will return to The Netherlands in September when their duties will be taken over by a unit of Slovak troops.

The Dutch forces in Uruzgan are also being sent 10 extra Bushmasters, heavily armoured vehicles which offer increased protection from roadside bombs.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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