NATO allies involved in formulating strategy to ensure peaceful conduct of presidential elections; Poland to increase its troop presence in the country; German Chancellor Merkel and Defence Minister Jung visit Afghanistan
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  • Even as reports suggested that NATO allies were engaged in formulating strategy to ensure the successful conduct of presidential elections scheduled for August 20, Poland announced that it would contribute 400 more troops, to the 1,600 already present in the country1. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung visited northern Afghanistan on April 6. Germany has 3,800 troops serving in Afghanistan2.

    Afghan and US-led coalition forces meanwhile claimed that they killed 27 suspected insurgents in two separate clashes in southern Afghanistan on April 10. In another incident, a female provincial official known for fighting for women's rights issues, Sitara Achakzai was gunned down on April 12 in Kandahar. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack3.