Germany has recognized 14 U.S. soldiers serving in
Afghanistan for risking their lives to help German soldiers in a
firefight, awarding them the country's Gold Cross medal.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in
Afghanistan, accepted the medals Wednesday after a meeting with
German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg.
The U.S. soldiers braved fire from Taliban fighters to help
bring wounded Germans to safety in northern Afghanistan on Good
Guttenberg said more U.S. troops would be serving in that
region, bringing with them combat and medical helicopters.
Some 4,000 German soldiers control northern Afghanistan, which
has recently become more volatile. Forty-three German soldiers have
died in Afghanistan since 2001.
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