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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Dutch mission ends in Afghanistan


Dutch troops are pulling their last soldiers out of Afghanistan after a four-year mission of helping Nato troops combat Taliban fighters in the country.

Nato's request for an extension of the mission sparked a political row that led to the Dutch government's collapse in February and the announced drawdown.

The 2,000 Dutch soldiers that were deployed in Afghanistan will be replaced by a US-led coalition force including Australian, Slovak and Singaporean soldiers.

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