'A Decisive Transformation' Berlin Exudes Optimism in Extending Afghanistan Mandate

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet is confident that improvements are just around the corner in Afghanistan. The government in Berlin agreed on an extension of the mandate authorizing its presence in the war-torn country by one year on Wednesday -- and hope was in no short supply.
A German soldier in Afghanistan in December. Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet on Wednesday agreed to extend the mandate for Germany's military involvement in the country.

A German soldier in Afghanistan in December. Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet on Wednesday agreed to extend the mandate for Germany's military involvement in the country.

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With reporting by Matthias Gebauer