By Jeremy Herb - 04/18/13 08:45 PM EDT
The German plans will not be finalized until Germany’s national elections in September.
NATO officials have said they expect 8,000 to 12,000 troops will stay in Afghanistan after 2014, when NATO forces are scheduled to hand off security to the Afghans.
The Obama administration has not made a final decision about how many U.S. troops will stay in Afghanistan post-2014.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey has said he agrees generally with NATO's range.