Germany may boost Afghan role, free US for Libya

BERLIN - Germany, which abstained in a UN Security Council vote that backed military action in Libya, may free US reconnaissance planes to monitor action against Muammar Gaddafi by sending more German crews to Afghanistan.
Coalition sources said Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition members were discussing the proposal on Friday, after Berlin broke with its NATO allies on the UN vote and said German troops would not take part in a Libyan operation.
NATO is operating 24-hour surveillance of Libya with AWACS reconnaissance aircraft which are based in Germany, and about a third of the NATO AWACS crews are Germans.