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Dutch pullout raises fears of Taliban infiltration

2010-02-22 14:12 BJT


The pullout by Dutch troops later this year from Uruzgan Province of Afghanistan is raising fears the area will be vulnerable to Taliban infiltration.

It would be a setback to the new strategy initiated by Washington and NATO to stabilize Afghanistan.

The two-thousand-strong Dutch contingent is due to start leaving the key province of Uruzgan, in the heart of Afghanistan, in August.

In neighboring Helmand Province, 15-thousand US, Afghan and NATO forces are in the ninth day of their push against insurgents in Marjah.

An Afghan boy looks back while Dutch soldiers patrol a village of Chora valley in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan on January 21. (AFP/File/Deshakalyan Chowdhury)
An Afghan boy looks back while Dutch soldiers patrol a village of
Chora valley in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan on January
21. (AFP/File/Deshakalyan Chowdhury)