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The Japanese government has given orders to its navy to terminate a refuelling mission that has supported US-led military operations in Afghanistan for the past eight years, after the legal mandate for the mission expired.
The decision by Defence Minister Toshimi Kitazawa comes four months after Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama vowed an independent diplomatic course from its key security ally when his government came to power last September.
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A Roman Catholic archbishop in Germany has given support to the country’s senior Protestant bishop, Margot Kässmann, in her criticism of Germany’s military strategy in Afghanistan – writes Anli Serfontein: here.