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Berlin: Belt-tightening won't hit Afghan mission

AFP · 9 Jul 2010, 10:04

Published: 09 Jul 2010 10:04 GMT+02:00

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"This week the cabinet agreed an ambitious savings programme. But there will be no savings made to our mission in Afghanistan because we want to succeed and fulfil our responsibilities," Westerwelle said.

"Germany will keep its promises," added the minister, who was speaking in parliament ahead of an international conference on Afghanistan on July 20.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government is aiming to cut at least €80 billion from public spending by 2014, including more than €11 billion next year.

NATO member Germany is the third-biggest contributor of troops to Afghanistan after the United States and Britain, with around 4,400 soldiers stationed in the increasingly restive north of the country.

Berlin wants to begin bringing its soldiers home in 2011, an aim shared by Washington, but has not fixed a date for withdrawal.

The mission is opposed by a majority of German voters, polls have shown. Parliament however approved in February the extension of the deployment and dispatch of an extra 850 soldiers.

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Last month, Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg warned Germans they were facing a "tough summer" in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban.

There were 100 foreign troops killed in June according to a tally by the icasualties.org website, the deadliest month in nine years of conflict.

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23:48 July 9, 2010 by DrGideonPolya
Germany's involvement in Occupied Afghanistan is a total disgrace. UN Population Division data inform us that in Occupied Afghanistan post-invasion non-violent deaths from war criminal Occupier-imposed deprivation total 3.5 million; post-invasion violent deaths total about 1 million (as estimated from Iraq War comparisons); post-invasion under-5 infant deaths total 2.4 million; and refugees total 3-4 million (with a further 2.5 million Pashtun refugees generated in NW Pakistan under Obama's war policies). This is an ongoing Afghan Holocaust (huge numbers of dead) and an Afghan Genocide as defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention and as perceived by international law expert Professor Ali Khan (Kansas, USA).

Germany started the 20th century with the Namibian Genocide of Namas and Hereros in South West Africa (0.1 million exterminated) ; was allied with Turkey when it perpetrated the Armenian Genocide (1.5 million exterminated by methods similar to those used against Namibians e.g. shooting, driving into the desert) ); was responsible for massive genocide in the WW2 Holocaust (30 million Slav, Jewish and Gypsy dead); and in the 21st century is leading participant in the Afghan Holocaust and Afghan Genocide. All Germans complicit in this latest genocidal atrocity should be tried before the International Criminal Court (for details see "Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950" by Gideon Polya: http://globalavoidablemortality.blogspot.com/ ).
12:02 July 10, 2010 by Frenemy
Wow! I don't even know what to say about that rant.

Can someone else please step in here (Grenadier, Celeon, MajorB.....anyone)
19:58 July 11, 2010 by Ich
Doctor of What? Total Loser!

Counter Insurgent warfare is tough, and we don't exactly have the A-Team leading it, over there, so I'd say "Thanks, Germany, for hanging in there with us."

The fight belongs to the entire civilized world, because Islam isn't going to stop until it gets stopped, either by force or just allowing it to run everything it controls, right into the ground.
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