What is Onze missie in Afghanistan?
Onze missie in Afghanistan takes a closer look at the Dutch participation in ISAF.
Fifteen years ago the United States of America launched operation Enduring Freedom, the first military endeavour in the war on terror. After the taliban regime (the organization that provided a safe haven to Osama bin Laden, the leader of the Al-Qaida network) had been ousted, the United Nations established a NATO-led security mission. The main purpose for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), was to assist Afghanistan in rebuilding its government and securing it against the taliban insurgency.
As a NATO member state, the Netherlands also participated in ISAF. For four years - from December 2006 to December 2010 - the Netherlands were the leading nation in the southern province of Uruzgan. Task Force Uruzgan, as this deployment was called, represents the largest military operation in Dutch history since 1949, the war of independence in Indonesia. Tens of thousands of troops set foot on the ground in this region, manning bases near Tarin Kowt (Kamp Holland, now the Multinational Base Tarin Kowt) and Deh Rahwod (Camp Hadrian).
It is time to reflect on the Dutch participation in ISAF.
To do just that, documentary makers Sinan Can and Thomas Blom travelled to Afghanistan to take stock of the situation on the ground and to reconstruct the events that have taken place over the last decade and a half. On this website, journalists gather stories that have been relayed to them by veterans, Afghans, aid workers and policy wonks.