Germany to offer 300 airmen to Afghanistan mission, sources say
Germany's offer to top up its military contingent in Afghanistan will comprise up to 300 air force personnel, political sources in Berlin said Tuesday, a day before Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet was due to adopt the plan, dpa reported.
Germany abstained in last week's UN Security Council vote to create a no-fly zone over Libya, but has said it will indirectly support the operation by helping more in Afghanistan, thus freeing up allied forces there to move to the Mediterranean.
The extra airmen will serve on NATO airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft, which monitor Afghan airspace.
The German parliamentary was due to authorize their deployment on Friday. The Bundestag last authorized up to 5,350 German personnel, mainly army soldiers, to serve in Afghanistan.