Parliament cuts anti-terror force

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14 November 2003, BERLIN - The German parliament voted Friday for a 20 percent cut in the number of troops for anti-terror operations in and around Afghanistan while extending the mandate of remaining forces for another year.

14 November 2003

BERLIN - The German parliament voted Friday for a 20 percent cut in the number of troops for anti-terror operations in and around Afghanistan while extending the mandate of remaining forces for another year.

Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's government will reduce the maximum number of soldiers for operation Enduring Freedom to 3,100 - down from the present target of 3,900 troops.

The move comes after Schroeder agreed to demands by his Greens coalition partner not to replace 800 chemical, biological and nuclear weapons detection troops withdrawn from Kuwait last May after the Iraq war.

Germany's total maximum troop figure is largely theoretical given that at present 710 soldiers are serving in Enduring Freedom.

Parliament's approval extends the mandate of the force for an additional year from 15 November.

Enduring Freedom troops are totally separate from the 2,300 German soldiers serving in Afghanistan - under a different mandate - as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

DPA

Subject: German news

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