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The Bundestag extended the Afghanistan mandate by a year

Since 2001, stationed Bundeswehr soldiers in Afghanistan. Now the Bundestag has decided that they can stay on for another year. A majority voted in favour of the existing mandate will remain virtually unchanged.

The German armed forces for another year in Afghanistan, in the Mediterranean sea, as well as in South Sudan and in Darfur. The Bundestag voted by a majority to renew the terms of office for the four missions abroad.

The largest of these missions, the NATO-led "Resolute Support"mission in Afghanistan to training and supporting the Afghan security forces. There, the Bundeswehr is engaged as the second-largest number of troops behind the United States with up to 1300 soldiers. In a roll-call vote, the deputies decided to extend the mandate until 31. March 2020.

the Union and the SPD had previously campaigned for the extension of the insert. Progress in Afghanistan should not be put at risk. Germany will remain a reliable Partner in the security policy, said the Deputy Union Chairman Johann Wadephuhl. Decisions against the Background of the announcement by the US President, Donald Trump, to want to withdraw troops, would have to be taken within NATO by consensus.

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