The War Is Boring Dutch-in-Afghanistan Primer
"After five years, $2 billion in direct costs and the loss of 24 soldiers, the Dutch military is leaving Afghanistan. The Netherlands’ 2,000-strong task force officially departs the southern province of Uruzgan on August 1. U.S. troops ze already filling in.
The Dutch occupation coincided with steadily increasing violence, including a major pitched battle in 2007 that left 100 people dead. Nevertheless, Dutch General Peter van Uhm hailed the mission’s “tangible results that the Netherlands can be proud of.” “We offer the majority of the population relatively safe living conditions and advancements in health care, education and trade,” van Uhm said."
War is Boring