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Fear of Rising Death Toll Berlin Reluctant to Follow American Lead on Afghanistan

The German government hopes to discuss a new approach to Afghanistan at Thursday's conference in London. But the Americans see the strategy as already fixed. If Berlin adopts the new counterinsurgency methods, more German troops are likely to die -- making the operation even more unpopular back home. By SPIEGEL Staff
Bundeswehr soldiers on patrol inside a Fuchs armoured vehicle on the outskirts of Mazar-e-Sharif: German forces have been criticized for putting too much emphasis on their own safety.

Bundeswehr soldiers on patrol inside a Fuchs armoured vehicle on the outskirts of Mazar-e-Sharif: German forces have been criticized for putting too much emphasis on their own safety.

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Photo Gallery: 'We Have to Eat, Drink and Die with the Afghans'
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Photo Gallery: 'We Have to Eat, Drink and Die with the Afghans'

Photo Gallery: 'We Have to Eat, Drink and Die with the Afghans'
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Photo Gallery: 'We Have to Eat, Drink and Die with the Afghans'

Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan