Germany OKs 850 troops for Afghan training mission

The German Cabinet on Wednesday approved plans to deploy up to 850 soldiers to the NATO-organised training and advisory mission in Afghanistan that will start work in January.

Berlin: The German Cabinet on Wednesday approved plans to deploy up to 850 soldiers to the NATO-organised training and advisory mission in Afghanistan that will start work in January.

Germany has been a major troop contributor in Afghanistan's comparatively calm north over the past decade and will continue to be responsible for that region in the new mission, called Resolute Support.

The one-year deployment approved by Chancellor Angela Merkel's government still requires approval by the German Parliament, where her coalition has a large majority.

German military missions abroad are typically authorised on a year-by-year basis.

Germany currently has 1,520 soldiers in Afghanistan as part of the security mission that will end next month, a figure that is down from more than 5,000 at its peak.