Erklärung des US-Verteidigungsministers Donald Rumsfeld zur
Bitte um militärischen Beistand Deutschlands im Kampf gegen den internationalen
vom 6. November 2001
The U.S. asked for assistance from Germany. They responded positively.
Discussions were held at Central Command as to what might be appropriate. The U.S. then
requested of Germany some of the capabilities that had been discussed, but we did not
request a specific number (3900) of Special Forces, which was the question I was asked.
The U.S. is pleased that Germany responded positively. Both Chancellor Schröder and my
statements are consistent.
Did the U.S. solicit Germany's offer of military assistance to participate in Operation
We welcome Germany's offer to provide a variety of military capabilities to support the
global campaign against terrorism in accordance with its commitments as a NATO ally under
Article 5 of the Washington Treaty.
The U.S. has made specific requests of Germany in the fight against terrorism during
extensive and on-going consultations that help shape our approach to Operation Enduring
We reach decisions jointly during these discussions, as is the norm among NATO allies.
These are confidential discussions; we leave it to our coalition
partners, of which Germany is one of the strongest, to decide how to announce specific
forms of cooperation.
The United States Central Command is working with German military authorities to integrate
German forces into our anti-terrorist efforts.