Obama's Coalition of the Willing Merkel on the Defensive in Afghanistan

US President Barack Obama is sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan and NATO has pledged an additional 7,000. But in Germany, demands for more soldiers will put Chancellor Merkel in a political bind and could result in a new trans-Atlantic tiff.
Von SPIEGEL Staff
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a visit to Afghanistan earlier this year.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a visit to Afghanistan earlier this year.

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Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan
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