Netherlands will Retreat from Afghanistan

Netherlands will likely pull its troops out of Afghanistan by the end of this year. This comes after the Labour Party left the coalition, saying it could not agree to a Nato request to extend the Dutch mission beyond 2010.

The governor of Uruzgan where the Dutch troops are stationed has said that they “will leave a big vacuum” behind.

HIS Global Insight says that the psychological blow of the Dutch departure could set the scene for other nations to reduce their involvement in the Afghan mission in future.

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