Germany will not increase number of its troops in Afghanistan

On Thursday, 11 May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that the country does not plan to increase the number of its soldiers in the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan or to enhance its efforts in the global fight against the Islamic State (IS).

However, according to Merkel, Germany will continue to play a leading role in the training activities of this mission in the north of Afghanistan. The Chancellor's negative attitude regarding sending additional soldiers for the mission is a logical step considering the upcoming elections in September and the conservative view of a part of the German population towards foreign missions. The possible increase in the number of troops in the Resolute Support mission at the request of the Alliance's military leaders is currently being discussed by defence ministers of the NATO member states. According to Stoltenberg, if NATO approves the deployment of additional forces, it will only be an increase of the current mandate for assistance and training, it will not be a re-launch of military operations. The final verdict on this issue is likely to be expected in June, not during the upcoming NATO summit scheduled for 25 May.

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