Dutch announce proposed new Afghanistan mission
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 08, 2011, 00:22
The Hague: The Dutch government says it is planning a new mission to Afghanistan to train police in the insurgency-torn nation.

The government says in a letter to Parliament the mission will involve 225 police trainers and 320 military support staff who will be stationed in the capital Kabul and the northern province of Kunduz.

The Dutch parliament, where Prime Minister Mark Rutte's coalition does not have a majority, must approve the plan. No date was immediately set for a vote.

Today's announcement says the force will also include four Dutch F-16 jets already stationed in Afghanistan.

The decision comes less than a year after the previous Dutch government collapsed over plans to extend a four-year military mission in Afghanistan.


First Published: Saturday, January 08, 2011, 00:22

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