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US to increase troops in German sector in Afghanistan

The Local · 4 Jan 2010, 16:37

Published: 04 Jan 2010 16:37 GMT+01:00

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As part of its recently announced 30,000 troop increase, the United States will bring some 2,500 soldiers to Kunduz, the Bundeswehr’s second-largest base in the country, US General Stanley McChrystal’s office confirmed to the magazine's website.

Among the soldiers will be 1,000 instructors to train Afghan police and the country's national army by summer of 2010, followed by another 1,500 soldiers from the Airborne Division to protect US interests there.

Out of a total of 4,300 troops, the Bundeswehr currently has 1,100 troops stationed in Kunduz along with other smaller nations like Norway and Sweden, and Der Spiegel speculated that the US move into the area is meant to increase political pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel to provide more assistance to the war effort.

According to the magazine, the Bundeswehr expects that the new US troops will not only expand training for Afghan forces, but intensify the offensive against Taliban fighters - and in doing so heavily influence the activities of German troops.

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But so far the German Defence Ministry has reacted positively to the news because it will increase security for the Bundeswehr camps, the magazine said. The ministry is also said to be gunning for improved communication with the US military behind the scenes, a desire that may be easier to achieve due to the US troop increase.

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17:16 January 4, 2010 by nepo77
"But so far the German Defence Ministry has reacted positively to the news because it will increase security for the Bundeswehr camps,"

How embarrassing, the US needs to protect the German soldiers, errr i thought that was THERE job. Maybe its better the Bundeswehr just leaves so the US Soldiers dont have to hold there hands all day.
18:18 January 4, 2010 by mixxim
send them (the troops) to the UK where the terrorists live uunharassed and with benefits from our benevolent government.
18:32 January 4, 2010 by wenddiver
If we're sending in the Airborne I would guess the only thing we are trying to influence is a lot of Talliban deaths.

The Airborne and the Marines are not there to protect the EURO bases, they will Find them, Fix their position, Fight them and F them.

Better check your Virgin Supply in paradise, because there's a new Sheriff in town and the life of a terre-bum just got scarry.
19:24 January 4, 2010 by Frenemy
@wenddiver: 82nd has been there for a hot minute! (regular US Army is increasing b/c their asses are all getting stop-lossed!!!)

@nepo77: not all of us have Blackwater (er...I mean "Xe" contractors doing our dirty work...) ;-)
19:31 January 4, 2010 by erasco
The White House and Pentagon are lobbying hard for an increased NATO troop commitment for the Afghanistan escalation....

It seems to me that the US need European support and the german troops can definitely care for themselves.

But maybe you're right.

Send our troops home and let the US bring this bloddy job to an end....if they can !
20:25 January 4, 2010 by wenddiver
On the good side, with the US Army in the area the Germans will once again be allowed to shoot, because anything they destroy they can tell the LAMO politicians back home was done by the Ammis.

That should be great, because I am sure there are some Jaegers in the German Army that would love to get some trigger time on these clowns who have been throwing acid in the face of little school girls and distributing Burkas.

As far as Blackwater, love their Tactical Life Saving Course, they need to work on their idea of recreation, however. By the way they want to be called Xe now. Their Big, their heavily armed, I guess I'll call them Xe.
20:53 January 4, 2010 by Frenemy
"tactical life-saving"???....hahahaha!! Yeah right! Thats fresh!!

They're jokes...
02:28 January 5, 2010 by wenddiver
The life you may save, might be your own, a buddy or family member.
20:32 January 11, 2010 by Major B
No matter how you cut it, it is an embarrassment that the U.S. has to send troops to the German sector.

1) The Germans refused to fight in the more combat prone, tougher areas in the South and SouthEast Afghanistan

2) After much wrangling, the Germans increased their troop strenght from 3700 to 4200.

All understand the political pressures, the historical reasons and the change in the German population to things military. However, the time for the FRG to engage militarily somewhere was inevitable and now courage, fearlessness and a little "sturm und drang" (sorry for the misspelling) are needed. Maybe Wenddiver is right and American forces in the German sector will give the Bundeswehr the cover to act like a real military. My comments are not against the brave Bundeswehr troops who risk their lives every day in Afghanistan and from what I hear are doing a great job. Their hands are tied behind their backs by politicians. The Yanks will hopefully give them the confidence to take care of the job thoroughly.
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