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Bundestag turmoil over troop boost vote

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Germany’s Lower House of Parliament has voted to boost the number of troops in Afghanistan, despite strong popular opposition.

A large majority of lawmakers backed the proposed increase of 850 soldiers.

Some Greens and members of the Left Party voted against the motion.

“Whether we want to admit it or not, Germany is involved in a war against the people of Afghanistan.”

There were emotional scenes earlier in the day.

During a debate on the deployment, lawmakers from the Left party staged an anti-war protest and were thrown out of Parliament.

They were subsequently allowed back in to vote on the measure.

Germany currently has 4,300 soldiers in Afghanistan.This makes it the third largest contributor to the international forces there, after the UK and US.

The boost, if approved by the Upper House of Parliament, would lift that total to over 5000.

The soldiers would be aimed at stepping up training of Afghan forces and protecting civilians.