Germany plans to boost its military presence in Afghanistan. Markus Potzel, Germany's Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, talks about the challenges lying ahead, emphasizing that the Bundeswehr is "not on a combat mission any more."
Germany's army is set to fly arms-capable Heron drones for the first time in history, after a parliamentary committee approved leasing the aircraft from Israel. The project would cost Germany over $1 billion.
Prosecutors alleged the German officer had planned to pose as a refugee and carry out a terrorism attack on politicians. A high court dropped terrrorism charges, but the officer will be tried for other offenses.
The German military is determined to add the Israeli Heron TP to its drone fleet – the first time the Bundeswehr will have drones that can be weaponized. But what does it need them for?
There are plans to more than double the number of troops in the NATO Response Force and to further invest in upgrading arms, German media reported. Germany is said to be taking a leading role in the developments.
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