Germany's defense minister has called for cutting back on troops in anti-terror operations, a paper reported. Another top politician said Chancellor Merkel should tell Germany why its soldiers should be in Afghanistan.
Merkel should explain why Germany should be in Afghanistan, Struck said
Like Struck, Defense Minister Jung thinks Germany should stay
"It would be very desirable if, above all, Angela Merkel, were to explain to the Germans why the commitment is necessary," Struck said in an interview with Der Spiegel newsmagazine published Saturday.
"There is the widespread opinion, of course in my party, too: It would be best if we left, they can go ahead and kill each other," he said. "But a state like Germany can't behave that way internationally."
The former defense minister estimated that the international community, including Germany, would remain in Afghanistan for at least a decade before the country would be able to "stand on its own feet."
German soldiers also patrol the Horn of Africa as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.