Marines and commandos return to Afghanistan

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The Netherlands is to send 76 commandos and marines to the Afghan province of Uruzgan in April.

THE HAGUE - In a letter to parliament, Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen, Defence Minister Eimert van Middelkoop and Development Cooperation Minister Bert Koenders said the troops were needed to gather intelligence and to arrest Taliban leaders.

Since the end of 2007, there have been no Dutch commandos or marines in Afghanistan.

However, the letter stated, as elections in the country approach, their presence is now urgently required.

The arrival of the 76, together with reinforcements for the International Security Assistance Force, will bring the total number of Dutch troops in Afghanistan to almost 2,000.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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