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German parliament extends Afghan deployment

German parliament extends Afghan deployment

Germany's parliament has voted by a wide margin to authorize a one-year extension to the deployment of the country's troops in Afghanistan.
Lawmakers voted 420-116 with 43 abstentions Friday to approve a mandate that keeps soldiers in Afghanistan through the end of January 2012.
All German deployments abroad require parliamentary approval, typically on a yearly basis.
The government hopes to begin a gradual withdrawal in late 2011.
Germany currently has 4,860 soldiers in northern Afghanistan, a region that was long relatively calm but has seen a rise in violence over the past two years. The Afghan mission has become increasingly unpopular at home.


Updated : 2021-05-10 07:32 GMT+08:00