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Translated from Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad of today:
DEN BOSCH – The military historian Christ Klep and the military trade union AFMP say that they knew that the Dutch Department of Defense knew that the pub managed by [ex Afghan war captain] Marco Kroon had a history as a [cocaine] drugs café.
The Ministry of Defense, nevertheless, knowingly, had nominated Kroon for the Military William Order, taking a big risk. Kroon is currently suspected of arms and drugs offenses.
According to the AFMP and Klep, the department should have taken action in May last year, before the presentation of the decoration. Kroon, according to Klep, should have been made to choose between the Order and the café. …
Historian Klep says, however, that Defense wanted the medal for Kroon by any means. “They needed a hero.” He refers to several reliable sources within Defense. “A previous nomination for performance in Srebrenica had been stopped. That had caused bad blood.”
According to Dutch daily Spits, when she pinned the medal on Captain Kroon, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands called the war in Uruzgan, Afghanistan “one of the most striking examples of the humanitarian tasks” of the Dutch armed forces.
Also according to Spits, Kroon has an armed forces desk job now, while also managing the disreputable pub. Kroon’s fellow soldier, fellow Den Bosch inhabitant, and gymnasics international Yuri van Gelder was dismissed from the armed forces last year for cocaine.
Update September 2010: here. And here.
This is a Dutch TV September 2010 update video.
This is a Dutch TV November 2010 video update.
Talking about Afghanistan:
Lethal Nato bombing details leaked
A deadly airstrike in Afghanistan‘s Kunduz province last September did not comply with Nato’s rules of engagement, according to the military organisation’s own investigators.
In a leaked document published by the German newspaper Der Spiegel this week, it was revealed that crucial information was withheld from US pilots by the German military, who ordered the attack that killed scores of Afghan civilians.
The newspaper says Nato investigators looking into the September 4 bombing, which claimed 142 lives, found that US fighter pilots were inappropriately ordered to attack two fuel tankers that had been hijacked by the Taliban in northern Kunduz.
Thousands of Afghan civilians have began fleeing their homes before a threatened US military offensive against Taliban fighters: here.
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NATO to Afghans: We’re Invading Your Town. Don’t Leave! Here.
The U.S. and its Allies Have 700 Bases in Afghanistan: here.
Anand Gopal, a journalist based in Kabul, Afghanistan, reports on the clandestine detention facilities that the U.S. continues to operate in Afghanistan: here.
Blackwater, Now Xe, Vying For $1 Billion Contract To Train Afghan National Police: here.
Iraq has ordered about 250 former and current employees of Blackwater Worldwide to leave the country within seven days or face having their visas pulled: here.
Three independent investigations have confirmed a CorpWatch investigation into a $305 million USAID project to build a diesel-fueled power plant in Kabul: here.
Most Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with PTSD did not get enough care, study shows: here.