German soldiers are wearing their hearts on their sleeves - in the form of a badge that protests their country's involvement in the war in Afghanistan.
Some troops have taken to wearing the cloth accessory that states - ironically - 'I fight for Merkel' in a bid to persuade the German Chancellor Angela Merkel to explain exactly what they are fighting and dying for.
Four more troops were killed, and five badly injured, in Afghanistan last week.
To the German men and women serving their military in Afghanistan: I will tell you precisely why you are fighting in Afghanistan, even if Chancellor Angela Merkel will not.
This is because our American military are fighting for precisely the same reasons you are.
This war has absolutely nothing to do with security, for Germany, or the US, or NATO, or for any of the countries whose military are participating in this.
Afghanistan has never been, nor will ever be, a threat to any country. It is dirt-poor, with a (still) dysfunctional, corrupted government which only rarely cooperates at perhaps the tribal, rather than national, level.
So the massed military presence in Afghanistan has absolutely nothing to do with global security.
It has everything to do with two very specific outcomes which were expected from the invasion and occupation of this country, and both for private profit.
The first was to "pacify" the Afghan people enough to install the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil. Almost 9 years on, the country is still far too unstable to have this happen.
The second was to control the drug trade from which so many profit so handsomely. This outcome has succeeded magnificently.
In fact, it has succeeded to the point where the Russian government has complained about the cheap Afghani heroin which is currently flooding Russia. (Remember; when the drug trade is controlled, where the drugs wind up is also controlled).
So in summation, what you and your colleagues are fighting, getting maimed for life, and dying for, are:
1. The installation of pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, and:
2. Control of the drug trade, which, by the way, the Taliban had almost completely eradicated.