Dutch special forces in anti-Taliban operation
Published: 7 August 2009 18:14 | Changed: 7 August 2009 20:23
Dutch special forces have taken part in an Australia-led action against the Taliban in Uruzgan, the Dutch Defence Ministry has confirmed to Radio Netherlands Worldwide.
The action took place last weekend, but was only made public by Australia's Ministry of Defence on Friday.
The focus of the action was in the Mirabad area, east of the provincial capital Tarin Kowt. An Australian spokesperson said four leaders and an unspecified number of members of the Taliban were arrested during the operation. A substantial quantity of arms and bomb-making material is said to have been captured.
The detainees have been handed over to the Afghan authorities.
The Dutch special forces unit consists of 76 marines and commando units. Australia is contributing some 300 Special Forces. Both units are under the immediate command of ISAF's regional headquarters at Kandahar airfield.