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Top military rep rules out troop increase in Afghanistan

DPA/The Local · 4 Nov 2009, 09:00

Published: 04 Nov 2009 09:00 GMT+01:00

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“The right approach is first to really measure where we stand in Afghanistan - and not sugar-coat it,” Ulrich Kirsch told daily Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, adding that after eight years in the country these findings would require strategic changes for both Germany’s military and civilian services in the country.

“The balance sheet doesn’t look good,” he told the paper.

Kirsch also spoke with daily Leipziger Volkszeitung on Wednesday, calling for Chancellor Angela Merkel to encourage Germany to show solidarity with the troops in Afghanistan.

“We need a show of unity for and with the Bundeswehr in light of the dangerous situation in Afghanistan,” the top representative of Germany’s soldiers said. “And Angela Merkel could and should take the initiative for such a show of unity from the public.”

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Germany has around 4,400 troops in an increasingly unpopular NATO mission in Afghanistan, facing an ever more tenacious insurgency. The German government will likely extend a 4,500-troop cap in December.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

12:25 November 4, 2009 by Psypher
encourage Germany to show solidarity with the troops in Afghanistan
haha, like thats gonna happen!

Maybe we could contact the MIB and get one of those Statue of Liberty-sized neuralizers to erase the last 50 years of institutionalized self-hate education and indoctrinated guilt from the German psyche....

The day I start seeing yellow ribbons tied around trees here in Germany will be the day Ben-n-Jerry's sets up shop in hell!!
15:48 November 4, 2009 by Celeon
Ehhhm ....

I would say he stuck his head a bit far our of the window with that statement.

He can have a opinion but he cannot speak to the media in a way that suggests as if it is his decision or any final decision at all.

The Bundestag and not DBwV does decide what necessary and whats not , where the Bundeswehr goes and where not, and definitely it can decide troop deployments and their size regardless of the DBwV's opinion on any of that.

If indeed the troop numbers may increase in the future , the DBwV will get a new head at the same time.
16:49 November 4, 2009 by Psypher

thaaaaank you!! The DBwV doesn't make policy, and this guy is defenitely pitching ideas above his station!

...this smacks of political maneuvering to me!
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