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Afghanistan to see German troop drawdown

The Local · 11 Nov 2011, 09:15

Published: 11 Nov 2011 09:15 GMT+01:00

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According to the document, which the opposition Green and Left parties said didn’t go far enough, Germany would reduce its contingent of 5,350 soldiers to 4,900 beginning in February. Then, by 2013 the number would reduced by 500 more to 4,400.

The letter said that the state of training of Afghan soldiers as well as the "current and expected security situation" were the reasons for the drawdown.

The letter reiterated previous plans to pull out of Afghanistan completely by 2014, although it is unclear whether that goal will be met. By then, Afghan authorities are supposed to completely take over internal security responsibilities.

Defence Minister Thomas De Maizière recently warned against a complete withdrawal that is too hasty, but a Defence Ministry spokesman said the plan put forward to the Bundestag was “militarily justifiable” and politically feasible.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the centre-left Social Democrats’ leader in parliament said the decision was “another important milestone on the way to handing over responsibility to Afghan security forces.”

But the Greens' defence policy spokesman Omid Nouripour said the decision was “disappointing news” because the government could have decided on a more aggressive reduction.”

The socialist Left party, the only party in parliament opposed to Germany's participation in the NATO mission in Afghanistan, complained that Germany was not really changing its policies and said that Afghans continue to view foreign troops there as occupiers.

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A conference is planned for early December in Bonn where officials from around the world will meet to discuss the future of Afghanistan.

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21:01 November 12, 2011 by DrGideonPolya
The longer Germany stays in Occupied Afghanistan the bigger the Reparations Bill for its participation in the US Alliance-imposed Afghan Holocaust and Afghan Genocide (post-invasion war related deaths 5.6 million).

The carnage and human devastation of the Afghan Holocaust and Afghan Genocide: as of October 2011: 5.6 million war-related deaths, 2001-2011; 1.4 million post-invasion violent deaths; 4.2 million non-violent excess deaths from deprivation; 2.9 million post-invasion under-5 infant deaths (90% avoidable and due to US Alliance war crimes in gross violation of the Geneva Convention and the UN Genocide Convention), 3-4 million refugees plus 2.5 million NW Pakistan Pashtun refugees (Google ¦quot;Afghan Holocaust, Afghan Genocide¦quot;).

At the estimated statistical value of a human life of about US

$10 million per person (US EPA) the Afghan Genocide Reparations Bill should be 5.6 million persons x US$10 million per person = $US56 trillion of which Germany's "share" would be $US56 trillion x 5,350 Germans /130,000 total US Alliance = US$2.3 trillion (cf the Greek and Italian debt crises).

"Democratic Fascist" Germany will not be allowed to "move forward" from this 10 year Afghan Holocaust. The civilized world will insist through Sanctions and Boycotts that Germany pays Reparations for its latest round of genocidal war crimes.
04:17 November 15, 2011 by yuri_nahl
Perhaps Germany has some masochistic tendency! Stuck with the blame for WW I, stuck enriching US bankers for loans to pay the bill, Stuck with Hitler, who was financed by US bankers. Blown to pieces during WW II, while the same jerks who cheered for Hitler got rich. Stuck with more guilt after WW II. What? Are you running out of guilt!? Why not get out now? There is only one gang of mad men who would complain about it! This is 2011. Thanks to the Internet, anyone in the world can understand what these pipeline and oil wars are all about . You don't even have to go to the library, or buy a newspaper. What will happen if your armed forces start banging against Pakistan? The Chinese have already published warnings that any attack on Pakistan will be considered an attack on China. Does Germany see an advantage to being one of the compete psychopaths nations who start WW III? What if China and Pakistan start throwing nukes around? What is the advantage to Germany and the world if Germany is flattened , again? Just have your politicians hang from crosses for a while. I see concern about pathetic neo-Nazi skinheads. What is the mark of a true Nazi? Invading a foreign coulntry...killing the populous, like calling in that airstrike which killed hundreds, that's what. Besides, Germans probably do not want to be described as another "Poodle Nation" like Tony Blair.
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