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Germany OKs 850 troops for Afghan training mission

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BERLIN (AP) -- The German Cabinet has approved plans to deploy up to 850 soldiers to the NATO-organized 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 Wednesday 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 authorized 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.

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