From Dow Jones in the USA:
Most Germans Want Their Troops Out Of Afghanistan – Poll
BERLIN (AFP)–A poll published in Germany on Wednesday showed almost 60% support for a pullout of the country’s troops from Afghanistan just over a week before a key North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit.
Just 36% of those polled by the Forsa institute in the survey commissioned by Cicero magazine were in favor of Germany’s roughly 3,500 troops staying, while 58% want them to come home.
The German contingent, the upper limit of which parliament voted last year to increase to 4,500, is part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force). The soldiers are based in the relatively peaceful north of Afghanistan.
The mission has always been highly unpopular in Germany, the country’s first major overseas military operation since World War II. Thirty-one German troops have died in Afghanistan since 2002, including 14 during attacks.
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