Dutch Launch First Female-Only Patrol in Afghanistan

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  1. 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

    http://www.isria.com/pages/4_December_2009_77.php

    http://www.netherlands-embassy.org.uk/news/

    What's your take on that ? PR stunt ? Really useful to win over afghan women ?
     
  2. 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
     
  3. Dress, Equipment, Weapons, Ammunition, Prisoners of War, Transport, Does my bum look big in this?
     
  4. 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.
     
  5. 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.
     
  6. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    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.
     
  7. They'll be buggered if they hitch a ride on the all girly Merlin
     
  8. This comment needs to be in the NAAFI :wink:
     
  9. Wait til it's ragweek!
     
  10. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    Terry Taliban now thinking "I don't have to be a suicide bomber, the infidels are sending virgins just for me."
     
  11. Until they remember there are no virgins left in the wicked loose moraled west!
     
  12. 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!!!)
     
  13. chrisg46

    chrisg46 LE Book Reviewer

    Fcuk that, i wouldnt want to take them on....
     
  14. So fcuk? If they do the job then all power to them!
     
  15. Won't all female patrols alienate the Afghans who are supposed to be on the side of NATO :?