Germany's Cabinet has approved sending air crews to man NATO's surveillance planes over Afghanistan, after withdrawing troops from the alliance's Mediterranean Sea missions to avoid involvement in Libya.
The decision to send up to 300 troops to man AWACS surveillance planes over Afghanistan intends to help ease the strain on other NATO members, who may need to deploy to the Mediterranean.
Germany is refusing to participate in the operation to impose a no-fly zone in Libya and abstained on the U.N. resolution authorizing it.
Parliament is expected to debate the issue Wednesday with an aim of approving it by week's end.
The AWACS crews will be part of a 5,350-strong German force deployed to Afghanistan.