Grumbling in Germany Afghanistan Deployment Descends Into Partisan Bickering

In the run-up to an important German state election, the center-left Social Democratic Party may abandon the consensus on the country's military deployment in Afghanistan. Angela Merkel is expected to make a decision soon on whether to send more troops and the developments are likely to increase pressure on the chancellor and her conservative Christian Democrats.
German Bundeswehr soldiers near Kunduz, Afghanistan: "It would be problematic for us to take a stance of simply leaving because it all turned out differently from how we imagined. We can't completely abandon the policies of recent years."

German Bundeswehr soldiers near Kunduz, Afghanistan: "It would be problematic for us to take a stance of simply leaving because it all turned out differently from how we imagined. We can't completely abandon the policies of recent years."

Foto: FABRIZIO BENSCH/ REUTERS
Photo Gallery: The Afghanistan Debate
Foto: FABRIZIO BENSCH/ REUTERS
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Photo Gallery: The Afghanistan Debate

Translated from the German by Ella Ornstein
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