German soldiers protest Merkel and Afghan War with arm patch

    German soldiers have begun protesting their country’s involvement in Afghanistan by wearing a badge on their sleeve. According to the Daily Mail:

    Some troops have taken to wearing the cloth accessory that states – ironically – ‘I fight for Merkel’ in a bid to persuade the German Chancellor Angela Merkel to explain exactly what they are fighting and dying for.

    Four more troops were killed, and five badly injured, in Afghanistan last week.

    Seven soldiers have died there so far this month, bringing the total to 43 in all since they were first deployed eight years ago.

    Unable to engage the Taliban directly on the ground, frustrated by their government’s inability to acknowledge they are even engaged in a war and angered by the lack of popular support for their mission, the badges are a low-key mutiny that has sent shock waves through the top brass of the Bundeswehr.



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