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Clinton hopes Berlin open to new US strategy in Afghanistan

DDP/The Local · 10 Nov 2009, 07:07

Published: 10 Nov 2009 07:07 GMT+01:00

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“We hope that Germany will be there, because it is in all of our interests for security,” she told broadcaster MDR info in an interview, adding that the world must prevent Afghanistan from becoming a haven for terrorists.

But Clinton said that this was up to the German people and their government.

She also acknowledged the contribution already made by Germany in Afghanistan.

“Germany has not only sent troops – and had to accept losses and victims among these troops – Germany has also provided civil and financial support,” Clinton said.

But she added that currently the main task in the country is containing the conflict, not economic or social advancement.

“We would also like to have that, but that's not why we’ve sent in American troops. Our big task is to accelerate the training of Afghan security forces,” she said, adding that Germany has the experience and expertise to do so.

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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, though last week head of the DBwV German Military Association Ulrich Kirsch discouraged the move, suggesting making changes in strategy instead.

Clinton spoke to the broadcaster on the tail end of her trip to Germany to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Monday.

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

13:46 November 10, 2009 by Jibzy
US is bullying countries around like its kindergarten. Why should Berlin 'open' a US strategy?
16:52 November 10, 2009 by derExDeutsche
@ Jibzy,

Bullying? To ASK for HELP in bringing some semblance of security and a democratic system to Afghanistan?

I think, YOU being in some delusional kindergarten for totalitarian Muppets, is a more realistic assumption.

Aren't you the one who's SOOOO happy that the 'Bullies' of the world have left the totalitarian Muppets in Iran alone. Of course you are, because You Sir/Mam are a Muppet who supports the worlds worst bullies.

You are of the same historic ilk that, with wrong headed pacifism, defend and fight to protect totalitarian butchers.

Oh yeah, America is the enemy of the world. Good luck with that, Miss Piggy! Why don't you go throw some stones through some storefronts/burn some cars in protest, you'll feel better.
17:14 November 10, 2009 by Major B
@ derExDeutsche.

Ditto. Your comments are right on. Am so tired of everyone trying to blame U.S. (and Israel) for every problem in the world. Just lazy thinking with no real evaluations of current issues. People don't understand the very strong isolationist sentiment that is still very much alive in the U.S.
18:38 November 10, 2009 by Psypher
If I might interject here...

fellas, while highly entertaining, tag-teaming this fool is a total waste of time & intellectual resources (which would be better spent arguing with the multitude of other similarly misguided tools around here that espouse the same sentiments and actually understand English).

Case-in-point: "Why should Berlin 'open' a US strategy?"

Don't waste your time on this "muppet" (sock-puppet)... sooo not even worth it!
01:48 November 11, 2009 by derExDeutsche
haha. thanks for the support.

be careful, my government thinks I'm dangerous.
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