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Netherlands Is Increasing Afghanistan Presence

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The Netherlands is to deploy an additional 80 troops to theatre as the NATO RESOLUTE SUPPORT mission in Afghanistan ends in September.


Press Release, The Hague, 21 April 2021: NATO’s RESOLUTE SUPPORT Mission in Afghanistan will end in five months’ time. The decision was made during a ministerial meeting of the North Atlantic Council and follows the decision of the United States to withdraw all troops from the country in phases.

As a precaution, the Netherlands will send an additional 80 troops to Afghanistan for force protection. These troops have been ready for the NATO mission since mid-February. They will soon deploy because the security situation is expected to deteriorate and the risk to Dutch and other Coalition troops is therefore expected to increase.

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