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Germany extends troops deployment to Afghanistan



Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet endorsed a last-phase extension of Germany’s 12-year-old military deployment in Afghanistan.

The extension of Germany’s military deployment to Afghanistan until the end of the year was recommended to parliament on Wednesday.
The final decision regarding Germany’s military deployment to Afghanistan is expected to be taken by Bundestag parliament on February 21.

Germany is one of the largest troops contributor to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan.
Around 3,100 German troops are currently stationed in Afghanistan, mostly in northern provinces of the country.

Germany has pledged to keep between 600 and 800 soldiers in Afghanistan, provided that the bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Washington is signed by president Hamid Karzai which will pave the way for the signing of a similar pact between Afghan government and NATO.

NATO plans to keep between 8,000-12,000 soldiers in Afghanistan beyond 2014 to train and advise Afghan national security forces.

Source: Khaama