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Guttenberg's chopper attacked in Afghanistan

The Local · 15 Nov 2009, 09:57

Published: 15 Nov 2009 09:57 GMT+01:00

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The helicopter crew responded swiftly, returning fire with machine guns, the paper reported. None of the three CH-53 helicopters appeared to have been hit, there were no reports of injuries and the flight continued.

Guttenberg, who had been visiting troops at the German army’s main base in Kunduz province, was told of the attack during the flight, the paper said. The attack happened shortly after take-off.

Just days earlier, Taliban soldiers had fired on a German military chopper, hitting an exterior petrol tank and forcing the chopper to make an immediate landing.

Also travelling in Guttenberg’s convoy were the German army’s general inspector, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, and Germany’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Werner Hans Lauk.

Later on Friday, Guttenberg and his delegation left Afghanistan to return to Berlin. Guttenberg told reporters on his plane that he wanted to visit Afghanistan again soon.

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During his visit, he announced a modest troop increase of 120 soldiers, who will be deployed to the Kunduz base in the north of the country.

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

11:36 November 15, 2009 by Psypher
First of all, aircraft flying in formation or fulfilling a protective-detail/escort role don't constitute "convoy"!

Second, what did the insurgents shoot them with?? (I assume it wasn't small-arms fire) In any case, whatever it was, I'm sure it was nothing the stallion's ALQ144 couldn't handle...

'Ol boy was never in any real danger (I don't know if it was confidence or false bravado, but he did say that he was eager to go back...)
18:32 November 15, 2009 by becnal
Oh really Psypher, he was never in danger? Were you in the helicopter with him? Were you nearby assessing the situation? What exactly makes you an expert in this particular case?
08:54 November 17, 2009 by lordkorner
OH I'm sure his Great Great Grand Father in Law is very proud of him as he turns cartwheels in his crypt
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