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Nato Mission : Bundeswehr plans for a replacement of U.S. troops in Afghanistan

The Federal government is considering to send contrary to earlier plans, a greater number of soldiers to Afghanistan. This is evident from a confidential Letter from the defence Ministry, the daily mirror. In the case of the rapid reaction Force and the security forces to be taken already now to ensure that President Donald Trump withdraws about half of the 14,000 in the country, stationed U.S. soldiers.

It is going to replace "mission-critical skills, which will be provided by multi-national partners", - said in the Letter. "To this end, forces are kept in Germany." Specifically, the infantry, the air force protection and the medical field are mentioned. "In the event of such secondment, the increase in the mandate upper limit in individual cases should be reviewed." An exact number is not called.

mandate ends soon

Currently up to 1300 Bundeswehr soldiers can be used in the context of the so-called "Nato Resolute Support Mission". In the context of this Nato Mission you make for 2015, particularly in the North of the country to Afghan security forces. The mandate ends on 31 December. March. Until then, the Bundestag has to decide on a Change.

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to order in the past, the Federal government had declared that they would get back in the event of a U.S. withdrawal, the German soldiers from Afghanistan. "For us, the following applies: The German armed forces is never alone, but always in alliances and coalitions", said defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU). After the terrorist attacks of September 11. In September 2001, the Bundeswehr had gone along with the Nato partners, the United States to Afghanistan. "Together - out together. This motto is still valid today.“

foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) for an extension of the mandate. The country would mean leaving at the present time, that everything that was Built "would very quickly collapse in on itself," he said now with a troop visit in Mazar-i-Sharif. He could, however, also understand that after nearly 18 years, many of the questions, according to a forecast for the future of Afghanistan.

The FDP, requested that the Secretary of defense, not only "loud thinking", but to explain how she wanted to a increase of staff of the Bundeswehr in Afghanistan. "Given the current Material and Personnel shortfalls in the force, I believe these plans for the downright absurd," said the defence spokesperson, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann to the daily mirror. "To have an increase just by waving is not traceable. It would be a completely new as the previous mandate. The first issue would be up to the smallest Detail.“

the Taliban to cooperate with the Islamic state

With a view to the Afghan security forces ANDSF, the Federal government requires that they must accept had in the last twelve months of high losses. "The ANDSF is not able to compensate for in the past year their losses repeatedly complete. These losses are increasingly having an impact on the performance of the tactical level of the security forces.“ The Afghan security forces tend to be "deficits" in the areas of leadership of armed forces and the fight against corruption.

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In addition, the Federal government is observing a occasional cooperation of the Taliban with actually warring supporters of the so-called Islamic state in Afghanistan (ISKP), and the reciprocal Overflows. "From point-of-need, purpose, pragmatism, the current cooperation between the Taliban and ISKP at the tactical and operational level. Contrary to pronouncements of the IS involved in the cultivation and trafficking of drugs.“

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