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Merkel's election fears said to drive Afghan troop refusal

Fear of antiwar militants in the leftist opposition and her own coalition dictated Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refusal to send troops to southern Afghanistan, German legislators and security officials said Tuesday. Merkel, a strong supporter of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, has turned down requests by Robert Gates, the U.S. defense secretary, and Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, the NATO secretary general, who said more troops were needed to defeat the Taliban insurgency. Full Story

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