Debating Withdrawal German Parliament Votes to Extend Afghanistan Mandate

A broad majority of German parliamentarians voted on Friday to extend the country's involvement in Afghanistan by one year. For the first time, however, the mandate includes a potential withdrawal date -- and the opposition is warning Chancellor Angela Merkel's government that it needs to keep its promise.
German troops have been stationed in Afghanistan since 2002.

German troops have been stationed in Afghanistan since 2002.

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cgh -- with wire reports