New Strategy? German Military and Police Blast Merkel's Afghanistan Plan

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has emphasized the need for a new "strategic direction" in Afghanistan. But many German officials question Berlin's plan to slightly boost the number of troops and police trainers in the war-torn country. "We are training fighters for the Taliban," said one police spokesman.
German police have trained thousands of Afghan security personnel. But some are concerned that the newly trained officers abandon the force and join the Taliban.

German police have trained thousands of Afghan security personnel. But some are concerned that the newly trained officers abandon the force and join the Taliban.

Foto: Mika Schmidt/ AP
cgh -- with wire service