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Stephanie zu Guttenberg joins husband on Afghanistan visit

The Local · 13 Dec 2010, 08:56

Published: 13 Dec 2010 08:56 GMT+01:00

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It is the first time a minister has taken his or her spouse on such a trip to the war-torn country, a Defence Ministry spokesman said. Roadside bombs, suicide attacks and ambushes are ever-present dangers in the country, where about 5,000 Bundeswehr soldiers are among the international force battling the Islamist Taliban.

The couple visited Mazar-i-Sharif in the north of the country early on Monday and were then due to travel to the German base at Kunduz.

Guttenberg planned to talk to commanders and soldiers about how the mission could be improved. Such personal conversations were important in the pre-Christmas period, the ministry spokesman said.

SEE PHOTOS OF THE VISIT TO AFGHANISTAN HERE.

Stephanie zu Guttenberg's presence on the trip intended to emphasise the support the soldiers had on the mission. She planned to meet with women soldiers and visit injured soldiers in hospital.

Lower Saxony premier David McAllister as well as Saxony-Anhalt premier Wolfgang Böhmer and television talk show host Johannes B. Kerner are also on the trip.

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20:10 December 13, 2010 by Celeon
Considering that she is the great-great-granddaughter of the german empire's found and first and "iron" chancellor, Otto von Bismarck....wouldn't it be inappropriate for her NOT to visit the troops? ;-)
01:07 December 14, 2010 by maxbrando
What in the hell is she doing in a war zone?? If this is the kind of judgement he exhibits, then it is very suspect. How could you let a man with immature, shallow judgement such as this remain a minister?? He must go before he kills us all.
07:34 December 14, 2010 by Bundeskanzler Brandt
She is hot. If she is the great-great granddaughter of the Eisenkanzler, I wonder what home "disagreements" are like ;-)
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