|Dutch mission ends in Afghanistan|
The Dutch troop withdrawal from Afghanistan has officially begun, making the Netherlands the first country in Nato's mission there to leave.
The four-year deployment has cost the lives of 24 Dutch soldiers and $1.8 billion but has garnered praise from Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Nato secretary-general, who said the Dutch mission was "the benchmark for others".
Dutch troops arrived in Afghanistan in 2006, and their deployment was scheduled to end formally on Sunday.
Nato had asked the Netherlands to extend the deadline, a request that led to the collapse of the Dutch government in February when Labour party members of the country's ruling coalition would not agree.
Sumber: AlJazeera.Net, 2/8/2010