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Germany mulling Afghan police training to avoid more troops

DDP/The Local · 7 Jan 2010, 08:37

Published: 07 Jan 2010 08:37 GMT+01:00

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Citing high-ranking sources in Berlin, the paper said Germany will propose boosting the number of specially trained Afghan police to 110,000 officers – some 30,000 more than currently planned – at a conference in London at the end of the month.

Washington is hoping to convince Germany to deploy more soldiers to the strife-torn country, but Berlin has appeared sceptical towards increasing troop levels above the 4,400 it already has in Afghanistan. Germany also has around 100 police trainers there.

“The government’s wish to become more strongly involved in civilian areas is in the USA’s interest,” Elke Hoff, the defence expert for German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle’s Free Democrats, told the paper.

She also rejected comments made on Wednesday by Richard Holbrooke, the US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, which called into question Germany’s commitment to the military mission in Afghanistan.

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“Mr. Holbrooke is the special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan – not Germany,” Hoff said.

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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17:56 January 7, 2010 by Henckel
Almost anything is better than sending more Bundeswehr troops to fight and die in a losing war in Afghanistan
04:14 January 8, 2010 by wenddiver
How embarrassing that a nation that spent Trillions defending this so called NATO allie, would be left in the lurch in a time of war. The shear dishonesty of Germany's fulfillment of it's NATO treaty obligations makes me ashamed of my German ancestory.

For the first time in 100 years the German Army is fighting to make the world a better place, a more humane place, a place were freedom can take root and the Lame government of Germany can not support them.
06:24 January 8, 2010 by Max Leygrume

As a German American I am astounded at the cowardly manner in which Germany now conducts herself. Shameful!

It's becoming a toss-up between Germany and Spain for the title of weakest ally.

How does it feel to be compared to Spain? Spain showed their true metal after Al queda attacked their subway. They surrendered! They disgust every American who's willing to fight and yes DIE to defeat the muslim scurge.

I guess we can county Germany right there with them.

You must all be so proud...
21:25 January 8, 2010 by Furor Teutonicus
XX 24 January 8, 2010 by Max Leygrume


As a German American I am astounded at the cowardly manner in which Germany now conducts herself. Shameful! XX

WOHA there laddie!

Now just WHO was it that insisted after 1945, that Germany should bedimilitarised, and made into a country that would never want to get involved in a war again?


So, before you go blaming US for "not wanting to get involved (Which is a DAMN LIEm we have the third largest orce in country), take a VERY carefull look as to WHOS fault it is.
18:49 January 11, 2010 by Major B
What an absolutely feckless position for the German government to take and I hope they reverse it.

@ wenddiver - your position is so very correct. Great points

@ Max Leygrume - same with your position. The German Americans have been kind of like the silent majority -- 60% of the European-American population, the largest and great contributors throughout American history. So loyal during both World Wars.

@ Furor Teutonicus - Where is Stalin, whom Hitler betrayed, when you mention Eisenhower, Monty and Churchill? The Russians had a far bigger ax to grind than anyone at the end of the war. It wasn't those individuals but more the position of the Allied GOVERNMENTS that Germany would be demlitarized. When West Germany was allowed to rearm and join NATO in 1956, it agreed to be a contributing member in collective defense. That was extended after German unification.
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