Germany to send 2000 more troops to Afghanistan: Report

Germany plans to send up to 2,000 more soldiers to Afghanistan in response to pressure from U.S. and other NATO partners, a German newspaper reported.

Germany to send 2000 more troops to Afghanistan: Report

Germany plans to send up to 2,000 more soldiers to Afghanistan in response to pressure from the United States and other NATO partners, a German newspaper reported on Wednesday.

German troops are under fişre over a bloody airstrike that killed scores of Afghan civilians in September.

Citing NATO and German Defence Ministry sources, the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung reported that the United States and NATO members had already received signals to this effect.

A ministry spokesman declined to confirm the report and referred to the government's repeated position that no decisions will be made before January's international conference on Afghanistan invasion in London.

Germany has the third biggest NATO contingent in Afghanistan with close to 4,500 soldiers and it decided to send more troops despite opinion polls show a majority of Germans are against the deployment.

A political row in Berlin over a German-ordered air strike in Afghanistan in September that killed scores of civilians has forced a cabinet minister and the head of the country's armed forces to resign.

Reuters
Last Mod: 16 Aralık 2009, 21:04
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