Heading into Afghanistan. On Friday German chancellor Angela Merkel arrives in Afghanistan to attend a memorial service and offer an assessment of the situation on the ground ahead of the 2014 drawdown. Her visit comes shortly after a member of Germany's special forces was killed in Afghanistan, the first German soldier to die in the country in almost two years. The latest death brought the number of German soldiers killed in the country to 53. Nevertheless she sounded an optimistic note.moreless
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