Germany could boost its military presence in Afghanistan by sending in an extra 1,000 soldiers. Franz Josef Jung, the German defence minister, would like to see the increase. He is keen to step up his country’s contribution to civil reconstruction projects.
The current upper limit for German troops stands at 3,500. Parliament will vote in the autumn on whether to renew or alter the mandate.
While more soldiers could be on the way, Berlin is resisting pressure from NATO allies to deploy its forces in the embattled south of Afghanistan.
Six foreign troops have lost their lives in the country in the space of 24 hours.
The Taliban have vowed to step up their campaign of suicide and roadside bombings to weaken the Afghan government and wear down Western support for the continued presence of international troops inside the country.