Call for Troop Withdrawal German Bishop Criticized for Afghanistan Comments

The head of Germany's Protestant church, Bishop Margot Kässmann, has been criticized by senior politicians for saying the military mission in Afghanistan can't be justified and calling for a withdrawal of German troops. But many Germans agree with her, and there are signs of division within the government over how to tackle what is set to remain a top issue in Germany this year.
Bishop Margot Kässmann was elected in October as the first woman to lead Germany's 25 million Protestants.

Bishop Margot Kässmann was elected in October as the first woman to lead Germany's 25 million Protestants.

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cro -- with wire reports