Dutch deny Taliban influence in Afghan province

The influence of the Taliban is not on the increase in Afghanistan’s Kunduz province, where the Netherlands is conducting a police-training mission, says Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal. His statement is based on all available information.

He also knows of no information to suggest that Talban units have infiltrated parts of the Afghan security services with which Dutch personnel work or have worked. The minister’s comments are contained in a letter to parliament.

MPs had tabled questions on a secret NATO report. The BBC says the report states that Afghan police officers and troops co-operate with the Taliban and that support for the fundamentalist rebels remains steady among the Afghan population as a whole.

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