The interim cabinet decided on Friday afternoon during a cabinet meeting. The moment they jump is amazing. Earlier this week, NATO and the United States announced that they would withdraw all forces from Afghanistan.
A press release from the defense and foreign ministries shows that the Dutch army must go in exactly this direction to ensure a safe return. The withdrawal takes place between May 1 and September 11. The reinforcement is to prevent Taliban attacks while leaving.
The Taliban may be under attack
As of May 1, the Taliban may not adhere to an agreement not to attack NATO forces. This relates to the fact that an agreement was reached earlier that the forces were to leave the country before that date, provided a number of conditions are met. The eighty soldiers had been on alert for the NATO mission in northern Afghanistan since February.
“The expected deteriorating security situation is the reason that prompted the NATO commander in northern Afghanistan to request the Netherlands to deploy 80 soldiers,” the statement said. They need to strengthen the security of the NATO forces already in place. These soldiers also contribute to orderly completion of the mission and the safe return of Dutch soldiers from Afghanistan. “
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