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Sunday 28 February 2021

Germany May Send more Troops to Afghanistan

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BERLIN (Deutsche Welle) — Germany has hinted at sending more troops to Afghanistan if the security environment in the war-devastated country deteriorates drastically.

About 1,100 German troops are currently stationed in northern Afghanistan in framework of NATO’s Resolute Support mission. Germany has the second-largest military contingent after the United States in NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan.

German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer believes the current mandate ceiling of 1,300 troops should be enough for the next few months,. However, Deutsche Welle quoted her saying on Sunday: “We would have to talk about a completely new mandate” if the security situation worsened further. Her statement comes days after the government in Berlin agreed to extend its military mission in Afghanistan by 10 months.

The draft mandate had to be green-lighted by the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament. The present German mission expires at the end of March. German troops will remain in Afghanistan until January 31, 2022.

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