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German Defense Minister Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg visited his country's troops, based in Afghanistan. The trip is aimed, at showing support for the nations' mission, while also checking on its progress.
Guttenberg, says it's important that German and Afghan troops work together. Germany's, military horizons have expanded considerably, since the nation was re-unified in 1990.
In 1992, Germany broke the post-World War Two taboo, against sending troops abroad by deploying military medics to support a United Nations mission in Cambodia.
Now, the country has 65-hundred troops aboard - of which about two thirds are stationed in Afghanistan.
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