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German peace missions abroad

Friedens Einsatz im Ausland

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German troops in Afghanistan

[German troops in Afghanistan] image sent by Jens Pattke, 22 Sep 2002

I found this image somewhere on the internet. It is a soldier of an elite unit of the Bundeswehr with a curious cloth in his hands. For identification purposes the German troops on a UNO-mission in Afghanistan use the German flag with black inscription "German" translated into Pashtu on red.
Jens Pattke, 22 Sep 2002

There is a spelling error.... It is written "alman  ya" instead of "Almanyah".
Dov Gutterman, 23 Sep 2002

Actually looks to me like alman-ha rather than -ya.
Dov may well be correct that this is a misspelling, but keep in mind that this is Pashtu and not Arabic. The word could be different, although I must say I have no idea why it would be.
Joe McMillan, 23 Sep 2002

While in India the past several days, I checked this with a colleague who is a South Asian linguist. She said the word as spelled on the flag is Dari for the plural "Germans."
Joe McMillan, 28 Sep 2002

For those who may not know so much about Central Asia, Dari (Court) Persian is also the administrative language of Afghanistan.
John Ayer, 29 Sep 2002

I have asked my mother in law and she confirmed that almanya (one word) is Germans in farsi, Dari being a dialect of it, it would sound logical that it would be the same.
Marc Pasquin, 29 Sep 2002