The German government on Wednesday agreed to extend its military mandate in Afghanistan by at least another 10 months.

Officials in Germany agreed to extend the military mandate in Afghan Afghanistan by at least another 10 months.

The new draft mandate still requires the approval of Bundestag, the lower house of the German parliament, Deutsche Welle reported.

The current mandate is expected to expire by end of this March, the new draft agreed by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet will allow German troops to stay in the country beyond until 31, 2022, DW said in their report.

Germany “takes account appropriately of the complex situation in Afghanistan and also makes possible the flexibility necessary to be able to react if the volatile security and threat situation there changes”, German government’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

With over 1,100 troops, Germany has the second-largest contingent after the United States in the NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan.

NATO’s second-biggest troop contributor in Afghanistan is Germany with over 1,100 troops, and the maximum limit of 1,300 troops will remain intact, Siebert added.

This comes in a bid that violence in the country remained high, a recent report in the media indicated that at least six public uprising force members were killed and four others were injured in an explosion in western Herat province on Wednesday.

An explosive-laden vehicle exploded close to a security outpost in Qudus Abad village in Kohsan district of the province, which later was followed by a battle between the Taliban and government forces, Sayed Waheed Qatali Herat’s governor told media.

The battle reportedly continued for several hours.

Escalation of targeted attacks, IED explosions, car bombs, suicides, and battles in various parts of the county including Kabul sparked outrage and fear among the public.


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