AWACS for Afghanistan Germany May Refuse NATO Request for Help

NATO has called on Berlin to contribute up to 100 personnel to a planned international deployment of AWACS reconnaissance aircraft over Afghanistan. Berlin looks set to refuse the request because the mission would probably require a parliamentary mandate, for which it would be hard to muster support.
A German crew member in a NATO AWACS reconnaissance aircraft.

A German crew member in a NATO AWACS reconnaissance aircraft.

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SPIEGEL Staff