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    This last week the Dutch contingent formally withdrew from Afghanistan,* although a few aircraft will remain in theater to support operations for months. The decision was not taken lightly. Last February the Dutch government fell in the midst of a parliamentary debate on postponing the withdrawal.

    The Dutch are the first NATO member to withdraw from Afghanistan. The Dutch contingent was not a token one, either. The contingent totaled 1,950 troops and became noted for it “3D” approach to counterinsurgency – defense, diplomacy, and development.* During the four years they were in Afghanistan, 24 Dutch trops dies and 140 were wounded.

    The word is that the Dutch withdrawal has not influenced France, Great Britain, or Germany in their resolve to stay the course.* There is some confusion, however, as to exactly what that course is.

    As the Dutch Army packed up to leave their principal base, the base loudspeakers blasted out the old Animals song, “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place.”




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    This last week the Dutch contingent formally withdrew from Afghanistan,* although a few aircraft will remain in theater to support operations for months. The decision was not taken lightly. Last February the Dutch government fell in the midst of a parliamentary debate on postponing the withdrawal.

    The Dutch are the first NATO member to withdraw from Afghanistan. The Dutch contingent was not a token one, either. The contingent totaled 1,950 troops and became noted for it “3D” approach to counterinsurgency – defense, diplomacy, and development.* During the four years they were in Afghanistan, 24 Dutch trops dies and 140 were wounded.

    The word is that the Dutch withdrawal has not influenced France, Great Britain, or Germany in their resolve to stay the course.* There is some confusion, however, as to exactly what that course is.

    As the Dutch Army packed up to leave their principal base, the base loudspeakers blasted out the old Animals song, “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place.”




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    Well!!!! Thanks for your effort. I hope it wasn't in vain.
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