German Tigers Ready in Afghanistan

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The Unterstützungshubschrauber (UH) Tiger combat helicopters which Germany deployed to Afghanistan in December were ready for action beginning yesterday, the Bundeswehr announced today.

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The German-led Regional Command North now has at its disposal an air weapon team with two Tigers, plus two more in reserve. To prepare for operational readiness, the Tigers practiced working together with ground forces and made familiarization flights day and night throughout the area under Regional Command North.

The announcement came after the Bundestag, Germany's parliament, today voted 435 to 111, with 39 abstentions, to extend the Bundeswehr's mandate in Afghanistan until the end of February 2014, when its planned troop strength will be reduced to 3,300 from this year's ceiling of 4,400.

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