Dutch Launch First Female-Only Patrol in Afghanistan

Netherlands - First female foot patrol in Uruzgan
Last Saturday the first all-female foot patrol took place in Uruzgan. Nine women serving with Task Force Uruzgan (TFU) and the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) – seven soldiers, one diplomat from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague and one Afghan interpreter – took part in the patrol near Ali Shirzai, Chora district. The special unit was led by Sergeant 1st Class Eli of the Battle Group.

The PRT, which is working to reconstruct and develop Uruzgan, is keen to improve the position of women in the province. Chora district, situated to the north of Tarin Kowt, was the scene of heavy fighting two years ago. It was chosen as the location of the patrol because it is a conservative area where it is difficult to speak to women in public and it was felt an all-female patrol may help establish contact with women in the area



What's your take on that ? PR stunt ? Really useful to win over afghan women ?
If they make it a regular as opposed to a one off it will end badly..if I was 'terry' I would pull out all the stops to bag this lot, pref alive but 'brwnbrd' if need be
Dress, Equipment, Weapons, Ammunition, Prisoners of War, Transport, Does my bum look big in this?
IF they continue to go out and IF they all go home in one piece then it will be seen as a great idea, but IF it goes horribly wrong and one or more are injured or killed then there will be outrage and the Dutch commanders will be branded irresponsible.

Sounds awful but the public find it harder to accept the death of a female soldier than they do a male soldier, there will always be more of an outcry - look at Sarah Bryant's death, 4 others died with her, yet hers was the only funeral shown in full.
Not really bothered as long as they're up to the job. Public reaction, should they get hit by one of those IEDs/ambushes that leaves half a section dead and the other half on the back of a Chinook as T1, will be interesting though. Never mind should they get captured.


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They might make contact with the hijabbed ones, but I suspect the blokes are going to be more than a little miffed about it, not to mention the mullahs.


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Terry Taliban now thinking "I don't have to be a suicide bomber, the infidels are sending virgins just for me."
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Terry Taliban now thinking "I don't have to be a suicide bomber, the infidels are sending virgins just for me."
Until they remember there are no virgins left in the wicked loose moraled west!
A brilliant idea!! I can't think of anything more frightening. ( The Dutch may be gently forgiven for trying to send as many of their "womenfolk" abroad as possible!!!)
If it happened merely by chance it would be a sign of the changing times and possibly an eye opener to the Positive Action idiots who still see women as second rate citizens even though they've been doing all kinds of jobs including running countries for years.

However this is clearly a PR stunt trying to force feed us the above. Hence it gets my back up as I fail to see an article that says "All male foot patrol goes out and has no incident of note" so why do the women need one?

The answer is they don't. However the Forces need positive stories, the lefties need to feel women are being included and the press just like making money!

As has been mentioned I imagine Terry Taliban operating in that area might just step up their game now as their own PR machine would benefit from cleansing the world of dirty female infidels who would challenge them in such an open manner! Not to mention the local big balls in the nearest village will no doubt see his hoop!
The Dutch always seem to be sensible and practical, so this action is a bit of a puzzle. I agree with C_J that this is a PR stunt that may well backfire. The alternative is that they are the bait in a trap, however I doubt if the Dutch are that cynical.
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The Dutch always seem to be sensible and practical, so this action is a bit of a puzzle. I agree with C_J that this is a PR stunt that may well backfire.
It's a non-story in Holland and hasn't been in the media here as far as I know. Currently in the news are more pressing matters as the debate to extent the mission (or scale it down) and IEDs stuffed in the walls at head height as opposed to the ones burried in the ground. If the all female patrol is a PR story it's not yet reallly working.

From a practicle point of view it makes sense to send out women if they want to involve Afghan women in the reconstruction. An all female patrol will (probably) be less likely perceived as a thread to their honour and more likely to get cooperation from the villagers because the Dutch females themselves don't associate with men in their patrol. It's quite common in countries with a strict gender segregation to see a female-only party when it comes to education, health care or preparation for elections. In some cases a men-only or a mixed patrol might raise more suspicion in such areas. Seems more like a practical move to see if it works.

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