Dutch troops planned for Afghanistan force

The Dutch government wants to send troops to

Afghanistan to join the NATO-led peacekeeping force, Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said, as international pressure mounted on it do so. “The government wants to take part in the ISAF misssion,” he said following a cabinet meeting on Friday. “We want to help the people of Afghanistan.” An official of the Atlantic alliance hinted Thursday that NATO would like the Netherlands to agree to contribute troops to expand its International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) before a London conference on Afghanistan at the end of January. Full Story

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