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Germany probes drone killing in Pakistan

The Local · 20 Jul 2012, 08:29

Published: 20 Jul 2012 08:29 GMT+02:00

He confirmed a report to be published Friday by Germany's Tageszeitung newspaper on the attack in North Waziristan on a purported hideout for foreign and homegrown militants linked to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

In a statement, the prosecutor's office said the investigation launched on July 10 "aims to find out if the use of drones which led to the death of the German citizen is in line with international law."

The man, identified only as Bünyamin E., was killed on October 4, 2010, the office said.

Germany said at the time it was in contact with Pakistan over five German Islamists killed in a US drone attack in the lawless tribal belt.

Berlin is the third biggest contributor of troops to the 130,000-strong NATO-led International Security Assistance Force after the United States and Britain. It has 4,900 soldiers in Afghanistan but 500 are set to be withdrawn by 2013 before a complete pullout.

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Your comments about this article

14:49 July 20, 2012 by IchBinKönig
Ha. Are the 'anti-war' protesters waking up? Its been 4 years, but we all know, its not the wars they hate, as is made clear 4 years of silence. It is the Republicans they hate. So if a Republican is elected in November, expect the 'anti war' crowd to return.
17:57 July 20, 2012 by Englishted
They would be better off finding out what he was doing there in the first place ,this is a red herring to take the news away from something else (job losses for example) and to placate the Islamic community .
18:08 July 20, 2012 by LovelyVirus
It's shame that only the death of a German citizen triggered a probe to check the laws against drones. What about score of civilians/innocents that are killed almost every day in that region? Is international law only applicable for specific citizens?
19:54 July 20, 2012 by cathbad_2468
@LovelyVirus : I agree there should be a thorough investigation. With all the terrorism and violence against women and children that goes on there, you'd get a lot of native culprits.
01:47 July 21, 2012 by matchstickmann
@cathbad_2468: every now and then its reported in media about German men accused of fathering children with their own daughter and keeping them in exile. One of the most brutal and sick offense, reflecting that their is something really wrong with German society!

If I got you eight, you are in favor of using drones in Germany as well?
11:25 July 21, 2012 by michael4096
I don't object to the use of drones per se. I object to a lack of process, accountability and care. Like most people, if someone uses deadly force to achieve their aims I believe they can't be too surprised when deadly force is used against them. However, there is no responsibility in deciding when to let robots do the killing and even the pentagon admits that at least one in 3 victims are uninvolved.

@King - "Ha. Are the 'anti-war' protesters waking up?"

Perhaps you don't read The Local too often. They never went to sleep.
11:28 July 21, 2012 by realist1961
Dear German Men;

Please stay clear of brothels and North Waziristan.

Sincerely,

Commen Sense
01:16 July 22, 2012 by wenddiver
A Pakistani, who is an Islamic Terrorist, is killed at a terrorist hideout, surprise in Pakistan, whil holding a German Passport.

What could be the problem here?

I guess we should have waited for him to kill some real German kid honarbly serving in Germany's Armed Forces, or blow up a building full of innocent civilians.

This war was started by these people blowing up two buildings and considering the creepiness of the act the worlds response has been very measured. Want to be safe? Don't support terrorist murderers.
08:06 July 22, 2012 by Englishted
@ realist1961

Dam that my weekend buggered.
12:58 July 22, 2012 by nstaubach
@wenddiver: if you say generally all Pakistanis are terrorists, than that means we are all Ns? ha ha ha.!
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