Germany says to keep up to 850 soldiers in Afghanistan

November 18, 2014 10:51 AM

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Germany says to keep up to 850 soldiers in Afghanistan

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany plans to keep up to 850 soldiers in Afghanistan in 2015 to help train local armed forces, a defense ministry spokesman said on Tuesday, a slightly larger contingent than it had previously expected.

Germany has had some 3,200 soldiers in Afghanistan as part of a NATO-led mission there. It had been planning to reduce that to a force of 600 to 800 soldiers from January.

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