Belgian F-16s to Afghanistan

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Unread post31 May 2005, 10:43

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Unread post31 May 2005, 10:43

Yesterday, NATO peacekeepers sent F-16 fighter jets to a northeastern Afghanistan province in a show of force to disperse thousands of protesters.

Supporters and opponents of a provincial official in Takhar province clashed with stones and clubs. NATO sent the F-16s after local officials failed to disperse the 6,000-strong crowd.

"The jets came and managed to scatter the protesters," police chief Akram Khan told Reuter.

A spokeswoman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed that two NATO F-16 jets had been sent from the capital Kabul at the government's request "as a form of deterrent".

The protests came as the government prepared to launch a campaign to eradicate opium poppy fields in the district of Afghanistan's main opium producing region.
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Unread post03 Jun 2005, 10:37

Whity wrote:Yesterday, NATO peacekeepers sent F-16 fighter jets to a northeastern Afghanistan province in a show of force to disperse thousands of protesters.


Those where two F-16s from the Royal Netherlands Air Force. The Dutch have four F-16s stationed in that area.

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