Berlin says ‘no’ to US demands for more soldiers in Afghanistan

Addressing a weekly news conference in Berlin, government spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm stressed that a change of the current German International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mandate was “not being contemplated.”

Wilhelm made clear that Germany would continue with its current mandate providing for the deployment of up to 3,500 troops, mostly in the relatively peaceful north Afghan region as well as Kabul.

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