When NATO deployed to Afghanistan, the mission was largely to maintain order and help the population rebuild. But in Uruzgan province, Dutch troops had to fight the Taliban for more than two months before securing several villages.
SOURCE: Staff reports | By Gene Thorp and Dita Smith - The Washington Post - February 26, 2008
NATO Confronts Surprisingly Fierce Taliban Article | TARIN KOT, Afghanistan -- Lt. Col. Wilfred Rietdijk, a 6-foot-7 blond Dutchman, took command of his military's reconstruction team in the southern Afghan district of Deh Rawood in September. Tranquil and welcoming, it seemed like the perfect place for the Netherlands' mission to help rebuild this...