According to media reports, the German government has dropped some of the conditions of engagement under which its soldiers in Afghanistan had been bound.
Bundeswehr troops will in future be able to engage in combat much earlier than has been the case.
German News Magazine, Der Spiegel, reported the change in its online edition on Saturday.
The key to the new terms of engagement, Der Spiegel said, is the deletion of one sentence, which said that "the use of deadly force is forbidden as long as an attack has not taken place, or is not immediately imminent."
Now the wording has been changed from “immediately imminent” to "recognizable".
A further phrase, referring to appropriate use of force, was also removed from the Bundeswehr's duty statement, opening the doors for German troops to take a more offensive stance in Afghanistan.
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