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German cabinet set to extend Afghanistan mission into 2022, defence minister says

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BERLIN, Feb 23 (Reuters) - The cabinet in Berlin will givethe green light on Wednesday for an extension of Germany'smilitary mission in Afghanistan until Jan 31, 2022, GermanDefence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Tuesday.

The current parliamentary mandate for the German operationwith up to 1,300 troops expires at the end of March while thenew U.S. government is reviewing a 2020 agreement with theTaliban which called for foreign troops to withdraw by May 1.

A premature withdrawal of NATO troops could jeopardize peacetalks between the Afghan government and the Taliban,Kramp-Karrenbauer warned, adding NATO troops needed to preparefor Taliban violence should they stay beyond the end of April.(Reporting by Sabine Siebold, editing by Thomas Escritt)