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Germany Rejects Deployment In Southern Afghanistan


http://gdb.rferl.org/0302D19F-9FBA-47B0-B0B2-D22B1D36D557_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/0302D19F-9FBA-47B0-B0B2-D22B1D36D557_mw800_mh600.jpg German Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung visiting German troops in Freisabad, Afghanistan, in July (epa) November 13, 2006 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has again ruled out deploying German troops in volatile southern Afghanistan, despite growing pressure from NATO.


Merkel said Germany would not change a parliamentary mandate that stipulates its 2,800 troops remain based in northern Afghanistan.


NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer has renewed calls for Germany and other countries with troops in Afghanistan to allow alliance commanders to deploy them anywhere in the country.


(dpa)

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