Dutch Troops Leave Afghanistan
The Netherlands has ended its military involvement in Afghanistan, after four years in which its 1,950 troops have won praise for their effectiveness.
Dutch military chief Gen Peter van Uhm said security had improved in Uruzgan province during the Dutch deployment.
But he acknowledged that "a lot still has to happen" after the withdrawal.
Nato has played down its significance, but analysts say this is a sensitive time for the alliance, with growing casualties and doubts about strategy.
"Dutch forces have served with distinction in Uruzgan, and we honour their sacrifice and that of their Afghan counterparts during the Netherlands' tenure in the province," said a statement from the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
The news about the termination of the Dutch troops mandate in Afghanistan comes as partner countries are reconsidering the situation and their strategy there.
Last week the United States announced plans for a troop surge in Kandahar to reverse the Taliban insurgency's momentum in the region.
Bulgaria plans to dispatch a 700-strong combat unit to boost its troops in Afghanistan as of 2013 at the latest.
At present, the Bulgarian contingents in Afghanistan, numbering 527 troops, are based in three locations – Kabul, Kandahar and Herat. Taliban rocket attacks on the Kandahar base, the outer perimeter of which is guarded by UK soldiers, are very common with up to 400 reported in 2009.
The country will send up to 70 more troops to the NATO-led force in Afghanistan in early September.
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Holland has performed its duty with valor and distinction and a true representative of Europe.
Intelligece is linked with security and not related to political modeling but security and that means global.
It is sad that we do not have Moslem Countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other Moslem countries to enter into the arena of War that depicts a Islamic Theme.
"They never should have boarded this ship in the first place. That whole war in Afghanistan (and for Iraq the same applies) is nothing but a farce."
I couldn't agree with you more. It really sticks in my gullet to see trillions of tax payers dollars disappearing in these two black holes a.k.a. Afghanistan and Iraq. It is high time the US ended this farce that it should never have started to begin with. Let the demented Muslims tear each other limb from limb, what's it to us? That BS about how we have to fight them over there so they don't invade the US is nonsense. The only way to keep them out of the US is to stop giving Muslims visas and keep them out of our armed services.
"Yes, the rats are leaving the sinking ship..."
They never should have boarded this ship in the first place. That whole war in Afghanistan (and for Iraq the same applies) is nothing but a farce. Invasion for Afghanistan was to go after OBL.....which is a false and laughable reason. From starters it was clear there's absolutely no intend from anyone to actually grab the a$$hole who's been scapegoated all over the world. They have been on a manhunt now already for years and they are doing that with a huge number of troops, yet still they haven't been able to locate him. Hell, in all those years with all the technology and troops available they even would have been able to accurately pinpoint a fugitive the size of an amoebe.
Don't get me wrong....OBL is probably a 1st class a'ho, but he's been deliberately demonized with totally different objectives. Create or inflate a demon which by turn will justify a war. This war means money (your money) in the bank for a few while there won't be any RoI for those who actually fund the war.
Regarding the Aussies....they knew ever since 2008, after the Netherlands had decided to prolong their mission with an additional two years, the dutch would be leaving in 2010.
Are you kidding me again Chandra? I just read your profile and you're in Buffalo New York? Why you ungrateful f**k. If you hate America so much why the hell are you in our country? You can talk shit because if you said what you did while in India, I would imagine that you may never be seen again. You are a hypocritical oaf who should be immediately deported and sent to the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Lets see how long you would last there you stupid F**ker!! Sorry for the colorful adjectives, but I despise people like Chandra who spew hate about the USA, but are enjoying the luxury of what the USA offers. We should send your sorry rearend back to your slum.
Are you kidding me? Why would the USA want anything to do with the 3rd world culture of India, Pakistan or Afghanistan? Those countries are nothing but S**tholes with nothing of value or importance to America's interests. The CIA does not control the intelligence branches of any country and why would they? As far as I'm concerned I would not give a care if India and Pakistan made themselves into parking lots with their nukes. Our only interest in that region is to try and destroy an enemy that wishes harm to any western countries that denounce their culture of hate, intolerence and subjugations of women and children. I am so tired of idiots who have no idea of the true humanity of the USA. We are not the bad guys and if I interpet your accusations clearly, then you are saying that the USA is responsible for the Mumbai attacks? We (USA) have been nothing but a supportive ally to India and Pakistan and instead of thanks we get freaks like you Chandra "the father of whatever" to spew your contempt and propaganda when the only thing you know about America is what you read or write from anti-american lies. Our government believes in freedom and justice. Do you really think we want to be in your shithole country? Why does the USA beat every country by the thousands who come to the USA looking for a better life? Becuase we are the land of freedom and prosperity, prosperity that we share with the world and what do we get in return? Stupid tidbits of false information from idgits like you Chandra. Your titles that you use and your so-called knowledge of CIA intelligence only makes you look stupid. the CIA's covert missions deal with information that helps keep Americans safe and that is why we have stayed relatively safe from post 9/11 terrorist attacks. You should be ashamed of yourself spreading fertilizer on issues you don't have a clue about. Unfortunately the only way India will learn its lesson is when some more radical muslims slaughter more of India's population and beg for the USA to hold and cuddle a country that has no clue how to take care of its own problems and treats your poor with contempt and hatred and even murder. Why don't you talk about that Chandra? Instead you try to cover your horrors through Bollywood distractions instead of solving the real problems of India. Oh and by the way Chandra if the USA was so bad why do we have such a large population of Indian immigrants? Who the hell wants to immigrate to india? Think about that dumbshit.
It's always interesting to see how the CIA has become the favorite whipping boy for all of its critics. I doubt that the CIA has sufficient budget and staff to be doing everything it's accused of doing.
"Intelligence" is a dirty but necessary business. The CIA is no worse than its competitors.
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I am India's expert in strategic defence and the father of India's strategic program, including the Integrated Guided Missiles Development Program. I have shown in my blog titled 'Nuclear Supremacy For India Over U.S.', which can be found by a Google search with the title, that all terrorism and insurgencies in the Indian subcontinent and in much of the rest of the world is sponsored by the C.I.A. Both Pakistan's ISI and India's RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) function as branches of the C.I.A. and participate in terrorism and insurgencies throughout the Subcontinent, under direction of the C.I.A. Yes, the ISI secretly supports the Taliban but it does so under direction from the C.I.A. whose modus operandi is support for ALL sides of a conflict to control the course of the conflict in service of its own goals. The goal of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and partial occupation of Pakistan is eventual occupation and overt colonial rule over the Subcontinent as a whole. This will not be permitted and all those participating in this enterprise, including the U.K., will be duly punished; see my blog. The document leak currently in the news has been made in preparation for abandonment of this goal and withdrawal from Afghanistan because of steps I have already taken for the nuclear destruction of New Delhi and then the coast-to-coast destruction of the United States by India with 5,000 thermonuclear warheads and extermination of its population; see my blog.