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23 April 2004 -- Germany is setting up another base in northeastern Afghanistan to aid reconstruction projects and provide security.

German Defense Minister Peter Struck said today that Germany will probably be joined by the Netherlands in sending a unit to Badakhshan Province. Germany already has troops in neighboring Konduz.

Struck said it has not been decided how many soldiers Germany will contribute to the Provincial Reconstruction Team, but said the number will not go above the 450 limit set by parliament in October.

Germany has supplied about 2,000 troops to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, stationed in and around the capital Kabul.

(dpa/Reuters)
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