Armed forces of the Netherlands http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/38486/all en Dutch police trainers to quit Afghanistan earlier: Rutte http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130308/dutch-police-trainers-quit-afghanistan-earlier-rutte <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Dutch military trainers will withdraw earlier than planned from their mission in war-torn Afghanistan's Kunduz province, Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced Friday, saying local forces were ready to take over.</p> <p>"We have decided to end the training mission on July 1," Rutte told journalists at his weekly post-cabinet press conference.</p> <p>"The Afghans are ready sooner than planned to take responsibility for police training in Kunduz," he said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130308/dutch-police-trainers-quit-afghanistan-earlier-rutte" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Armed forces of the Netherlands Asia Disaster Military of the Netherlands AFP Fri, 08 Mar 2013 17:01:31 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5777356 at http://www.globalpost.com Dutch to send 380 troops to Mali http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131101/dutch-send-380-troops-mali <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Netherlands will send 380 soldiers and four Apache attack helicopters to war-torn Mali following an appeal for more UN peacekeepers, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday.</p> <p>The announcement comes after an urgent request by the UN's special representative in the west African country for more blue helmets as its peacekeeping force faces a new surge of Islamist attacks.</p> <p>"The Netherlands has decided to answer the UN's call," Rutte told journalists at his weekly press briefing following a cabinet meeting.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131101/dutch-send-380-troops-mali" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Armed forces of the Netherlands Military of the Netherlands War AFP Fri, 01 Nov 2013 16:47:51 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5977629 at http://www.globalpost.com Netherlands to send peacekeepers, helicopters to Mali http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131101/dutch-government-send-about-380-peacekeepers-mali <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Netherlands said on Friday it would send combat helicopters and around 380 troops to boost a U.N.-led peacekeeping mission trying to stabilize Mali after a coup and an Islamist incursion.</p> <p>The U.N. force is supposed to take over from an African mission, and French forces who intervened in Mali in January to drive out al Qaeda-linked militants who Paris feared could mount attacks in the region and beyond.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131101/dutch-government-send-about-380-peacekeepers-mali" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Armed forces of the Netherlands Disaster Military of the Netherlands Peacekeeping War Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Nov 2013 15:02:20 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5977524 at http://www.globalpost.com