Germany will send more than 100 extra troops to Afghanistan in January, the country's defense minister said Friday.
Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg said the quick-reaction force soldiers would be deployed in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, a formerly relatively peaceful area that has seen an increase in Taliban activity in recent months. Most of the 4,365 troops Germany already has in Afghanistan are stationed there.
Thirty-six German soldiers have been killed so far in the mission to Afghanistan, and support in Germany for the war is low.
Guttenberg announced the slight increase in troop numbers during a visit to his country's forces in Kunduz, a day after he met with Afghan and NATO officials in the capital, Kabul.
The minister was due to return to Germany later Friday.