Germany’s Merkel: 500 More Troops For Afghanistan

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26/01/2010 @ 13:12

BERLIN -(Dow Jones)- Germany will increase its deployment in Afghanistan by 500 troops and nearly double aid for reconstruction in the northern regions where it operates, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday.

The larger deployment and more than EUR400 million in reconstruction aid are designed to help the Afghan government move toward greater ownership of the country‘s security by 2014, Merkel told reporters in Berlin

“We emphatically support President [Hamid] Karzai in his declaration that by 2014 we want to have a situation in which Afghanistan can guarantee its own security,” Merkel said.

The additional German soldiers will help train Afghan security forces that Merkel wants to see playing a much broader role in securing the country by the end of 2011.

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