Video: Dutch Counter-Terrorism Exercise

03.07.12

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by ANDREW BALCOMBE

Recently the Dutch Counter-Terrorism unit Interventie Mariniers (UIM) held a large-scale exercise to prepare for a Mumbai-style attack in Rotterdam.

Since pulling out of Afghanistan in 2010, the Dutch have a large force of navy, army and paramilitary special operation units to call on to protect domestic targets.

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4 Responses to “Video: Dutch Counter-Terrorism Exercise”

  1. Valparaiso says:

    These special forces don’t look that special. Lots of milling around. A terrorist with a hand grenade could have ended them all.

  2. Roger says:

    Well this is surprising, we dutch didnt hear anything about this in the regular news. No surprise there! Anyways, these are “special” marines for anti terror operations, not really spec-ops as we know as seals, sas etc.

  3. Hi Andrew,

    There is absolutely no relationship between the Dutch role in Afghanistan (we are still there, albeit in smaller numbers) and the size or role of its Special Forces. The predecessor of the Marine Corps UIM, for instance, was already active in the 1970′s under the acronym BBE-M. The Army’s Commando Corps (KCT) dates back to WWII. BTW, UIM operators are also deployed in the EU and NATO counter-piracy operations, where they act as boarding parties of hijacked ships.

  4. mahe egan says:

    Sorry to be a party pooper but I just can’t not thinking of the number of AK bullets going trough that door while the soldier played with the chainsaw. Then the bumping into each other.
    But it’s nice to have the bad guy putting up his arms from the first moment.

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