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Dutch troops 'did a good job in a non-provocative way'

The Netherlands has ended its military involvement in Afghanistan after four years in which its 1,950 troops have won praise for their effectiveness.

Nato had wanted the Netherlands to extend its mission, but the request triggered a political row which brought down the country's coalition government in February.

Professor Ko Colijn, a senior research fellow at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, told the BBC that the public supported the withdrawal "with a slight majority", and that domestic policy had forced the move.

  • 01 Aug 2010