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Germany to send 100 more troops to Afghanistan

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Deployment of troops was a central issue in Germany during elections in September
  • The troops will join about 4,000 others in the northern provinces of Afghanistan
RELATED TOPICS
  • Germany
  • Afghanistan
  • NATO

(CNN) -- Germany will send 100 more troops to Afghanistan to help with reconstruction efforts in the war-ravaged nation, the defense ministry said Friday.

The troops, to be deployed in mid-January, will join about 4,000 others who are stationed in the northern provinces of Afghanistan, a ministry spokesman said. They are part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

The northern region includes the Kunduz province, which has recently seen a spike in militant activity.

So far, Germany has lost 36 soldiers during its mission in Afghanistan, the ministry spokesman said. He did not give his name, citing policy.

The deployment of troops was a central issue in Germany during elections held in September.

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier proposed withdrawing troops as early as 2011.

His rival, Chancellor Angela Merkel opposed the idea.

The elections concluded on September 28 with Merkel winning another four-year term.