NATO requests Dutch trainers in Afghanistan

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US General David Petraeus, the supreme commander of international forces in Afghanistan, has asked the Netherlands for trainers to train Afghan soldiers and police.

Dutch caretaker Defence Minister Eimert van Middelkoop says the request was for “a substantial number” of the 2,000 trainers required by NATO.

In an interview with evening paper, Minister Van Middelkoop says he was asked about supplying trainers during a visit to the Afghan capital Kabul last week. He says he will pass the request on to the next cabinet. “I’ll leave it up to the new cabinet to decide what to do with the request, but I think the Netherlands should remain a loyal NATO ally. If the Netherlands does not in any way comply with this request, it will not be appreciated.”  



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