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German soldiers' deaths reinforce calls for Afghan withdrawal

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The deaths of three German soldiers in Afghanistan have intensified calls for the withdrawal of the country’s troops. Research suggests 63 percent of the population now think Germany’s armed forces should leave Afghanistan, compared to 35 percent who believe they should stay.

The poll reflects the increasing unease about the situation, which has been worsening since the Taliban launched a spring offensive against the US and NATO forces.

The three peacekeepers were killed in a suicide bomb attack at a market in northern Afghanistan over the weekend. Their loss sparked immediate calls for withdrawal from opposition parties and coalition members alike.

Germany is the third-largest contingent in the NATO-led force in Afghanistan, with around 3,000 troops in the country.