300 foreign troops to aid Dutch in Uruzgan

A maximum of 300 foreign soldiers will join Dutch troops on their NATO mission in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan, the Volkskrant reports on Wednesday.

The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and France have agreed to send troops to the region but this will not be enough to reduce the Dutch forces to 1,200 as hoped, military sources told the paper.
The Netherlands has 1,700 soldiers in Uruzgan. The government still has to take a formal decision to extend the Dutch mission in the region past August 2008 and is expected to do so on Friday.

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