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Merkel, commander-in-chief
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks at a combat diver during her visit to Naval Base Command in Kiel, Germany, January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer 
Angela Merkel sports a flak jacket after she arrived to Mazar-i-Sharif, May 10, 2013, to meet German army Bundeswehr soldiers. REUTERS/Kay Nietfeld/Pool 
Angela Merkel reacts as closes the door of an armored vehicle during her visit to a German army Bundeswehr base in Kunduz, Afghanistan May 10, 2013. REUTERS/Kay Nietfeld/Pool 
Angela Merkel, wearing a flak jacket, looks out of the door during her helicopter flight to the German ISAF headquarters in Masar-i-Sharif, north of the Afghanistan capital Kabul November 3, 2007. REUTERS/Johannes Eisele/Pool 
A German army Bundeswehr CH53 helicopter with Angela Merkel on board lands in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, under protection of Tiger helicopters, May 10, 2013. REUTERS/Kay Nietfeld/Pool 
Angela Merkel sits in the cockpit of a Transall C-160 during a flight from Mazar-I-Sharif to Termez in Afghanistan April 7, 2009. REUTERS/Michael Kappeler/Pool 
Angela Merkel looks at Heckler & Koch MP7 submachine gun as she gets information about the gear used by German troops during a visit in the German army's Camp Marmal in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan March 12, 2012. REUTERS/Bundesregierung/Steffen Kugler 
Angela Merkel gestures after posing with German soldiers for a photo during her visit at the German army Bundeswehr training ground in Munster, Lower Saxony, Germany October 10, 2012. REUTERS/Julian Stratenschulte/Pool 
Angela Merkel visits the Dining Facility in the German army's Camp Marmal in Mazar-e-Sharif, March 12, 2012. REUTERS/Bundesregierung/Steffen Kugler 
Angela Merkel and Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg (R) try grapes from a so-called "Afghan fridge" made of clay and straw, which keeps products fresh, during their visit to an army camp in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, December 18, 2010. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch 
Angela Merkel visits the Combined Joint Operations Center (CJOC) for the ISAF joint command headquarters in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, March 12, 2012. REUTERS/Bundesregierung/Steffen Kugler 
Angela Merkel and Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung (3R), accompanied by officers of the Bundeswehr, visit a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan April 6, 2009. REUTERS/Michael Kappeler/Pool 
Angela Merkel pays tribute to fallen soldiers at a memorial in the Bundeswehr base in Kunduz, Afghanistan May 10, 2013. REUTERS/Pool 
Angela Merkel poses for pictures with soldiers in the German army's Camp Marmal in Mazar-e-Sharif, March 12, 2012. REUTERS/Bundesregierung/Steffen Kugler 
Angela Merkel and Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg promote a German Bundeswehr armed forces soldier during their visit in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, December 18, 2010. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch 
Angela Merkel walks past the Patriot system as she meets with troops from a German NATO Patriot missile battery at a Turkish military base in Kahramanmaras February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Murad Sezer 
A German army Bundeswehr soldier sports a patch with text 'I fight for Merkel' as Angela Merkel pays a visit to German army base in Kunduz May 10, 2013. REUTERS/Kay Nietfeld/Pool