Experts criticise lack of manpower in Uruzgan

The Netherlands has too few soldiers in the Afghan province of Uruzgan, a number of military specialists have told the AD newspaper.

They base their assessment on the fact that American soldiers had to drive the Taliban away from the Dutch base in Deh Rawod, the paper reports on Tuesday.
Rob de Wijk, director of the Institute for Strategic Studies, told the paper that the Netherlands has too few soldiers to launch an offensive. According to former major general Frank van Kappen, the Dutch are on the limit of what is possible at its present military strength.
The American commandos, together with 200 Afghan soldiers, were sent to Deh Rawod following a friendly fire incident last month in which two Dutch and two Afghan soldiers were shot dead.

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