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troung
19 Sep 06,, 19:59
German military requests armored fighting vehicles for Afghanistan

BERLIN The German military has requested armored fighting vehicles to better protect its troops in Afghanistan, the Defense Ministry said Monday.

Commanders have asked for "a handful" of Marder infantry fighting vehicles for German troops in Afghanistan, ministry spokesman Joachim Schmidt said.

While the government must still approve the deployment, "it makes military sense" to send the vehicles, which German troops already use on their peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, Schmidt said.

Most of the 2,700 German soldiers serving in the NATO-led international force in Afghanistan are in the relatively stable north of the country.

German officials say attacks on its forces there have increased and are resisting pressure for them to reinforce other NATO troops battling Taliban rebels in the south.

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NATO is heavying up.

5 Marders will/will probably be sent

Canada is moving in the Leo-1s

The Dutch have PZ-200s over there

leib10
19 Sep 06,, 21:44
They might as well. I don't see the Germans being involved in any action elsewhere.

gunnut
19 Sep 06,, 23:28
Germans refuse to join a land war? Who coulda thunk it?

lwarmonger
21 Sep 06,, 04:11
Germans refuse to join a land war? Who coulda thunk it?

They've really been laying down on the job these past few decades, haven't they?

Bill
21 Sep 06,, 18:04
It infuriates me that all these infiltrators are coming from Pakistan and we don't do a motherloving thing about it... :mad:

Dreadnought
21 Sep 06,, 19:29
I have to say this for Germany ...They are thinking... They are sending eight Navy ships ((2)Frigates, (2)Supports and (4)Motor patrol boats) to Lebannon to assist the U.N. in blocking Hezbollah from getting any arms. But no troops on the ground. Their reason being the dont want to be haunted by the history of the Natzi's regime while having to assist and deal with a largely Jewish population. Good for Merkel shes looking before leaping.

http://apnews1.iwon.com/article/20060921/D8K9AS300.html

lemontree
22 Sep 06,, 06:08
German military requests armored fighting vehicles for Afghanistan
They should ask for manpack direction finders and thermal imagers. Armoured vehicles will only make them road bound and prime targets. Hav'nt the Germans lear'nt this already.

SRB
25 Sep 06,, 22:45
Maybe Germans dont like to walk?
Hm...

troung
26 Sep 06,, 06:07
It infuriates me that all these infiltrators are coming from Pakistan and we don't do a motherloving thing about it...

Hey the President said Mushy is our ally.

Maybe Dugout Doug had it right as per a barrier...

lemontree
26 Sep 06,, 06:10
Maybe Germans dont like to walk?
Hm...
I was under the impression that road side IEDs would have taught them the joys of the route march. Its the safest way to take your troops during short patrols and gives you ample of time to interact with the locals and spot threats.