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Powell Says Germany Unlikely To Send Troops To Iraq

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Friday he did not expect Germany, a steadfast critic of the war in Iraq, to send any soldiers to the country. “It's up to each nation to make its own decision as to how it wants to contribute,” Powell said, speaking to German ARD television. Powell did say, however, that Germany was playing a key role by deploying thousands of troops in Afghanistan. The United States is hoping a new United Nations resolution will encourage more countries to send peacekeepers to help stabilize Iraq. But Powell recently dismissed proposals from France, Germany and Russia that aimed to shift civilian control of the country from the United States to the United Nations.