Berlin mulls sending more troops to Afghanistan

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17 February 2005, BERLIN - Germany is considering adding to its contingent of 2,250 soldiers deployed in Afghanistan, a defence ministry spokesman said. Defence Minister Peter Struck is looking at whether more troops should join the ISAF international protection force in the light of parliamentary elections due this summer and NATO planning. The spokesman said no figure could be put on any troop increase at this stage. However, Cologne's Stadtanzeiger newspaper reports in its Thursday edition that Struck h

17 February 2005

BERLIN - Germany is considering adding to its contingent of 2,250 soldiers deployed in Afghanistan, a defence ministry spokesman said.

Defence Minister Peter Struck is looking at whether more troops should join the ISAF international protection force in the light of parliamentary elections due this summer and NATO planning.

The spokesman said no figure could be put on any troop increase at this stage.

However, Cologne's Stadtanzeiger newspaper reports in its Thursday edition that Struck has discussed with ministry officials sending between 200 and 300 more soldiers to Afghanistan if parliament extends the troop mandate in the autumn.

Struck had said last week Germany was prepared to broaden its military responsibility in Afghanistan.

Speaking in Nice on the margin of an informal meeting of NATO defence ministers, Struck said that German troops could assume the responsibility for northern Afghanistan, and "perhaps take over a small region in the north" if Britain removed its troops there.

DPA

Subject: German news

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