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Documents in Kunduz affair may have been destroyed

DDP/The Local · 11 Feb 2010, 09:20

Published: 11 Feb 2010 09:20 GMT+01:00

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The news came a day after Colonel Georg Klein, the German commander who ordered the controversial air strike that killed more than 140 Afghans last year, appeared before a parliamentary inquiry to defend his actions.

Daily Bild reportedly has obtained documents that prove special forces were involved reading: “Clearance to destroy and liquidate under terms of ZDv 2/30 hereby issued.”

This number 2/30 central service command, abbreviated as “ZDv,” indicates that files are to be “shredded or cut up with the shredder so that the contents are neither recognisable nor could be made recognisable,” the paper said.

An inside source on the parliamentary investigative committee told the paper that they believed the documents had been destroyed.

“We will try to reconstruct this in the committee,” he told the paper.

The committee hopes to clarify how dozens of civilians could have been killed in the September 4, 2009 bombardment of two fuel trucks hijacked by the Taliban in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz.

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The Defence Ministry has been accused of suppressing reports of civilian casualties following the air strike, also suggesting that Col. Klein, who ordered the attack, did not adhere to proper rules of engagement.

Former Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung, who was in office when the controversial air strike occurred, resigned from his new position as labour minister over the allegations that he hid evidence that civilians had been killed ahead of federal elections. Armed forces Chief-of-Staff General Wolfgang Schneiderhan and another senior defence ministry official also stepped down over the affair.

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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14:23 February 11, 2010 by Wabit
How convenient!!
06:32 February 13, 2010 by mylinktahir
"Documents in Kunduz affair may have been destroyed" it must be investigated who endeavoured to burry the facts, was it a deliberate effort? if it was the case then repeated slogans of human rights from the western circles are vehemently questionable, to hide an evidence is a social crime and depicts absurdity but a wishfull effort to carry on such bloodlusty practices in the war field against the civilians.
01:18 February 14, 2010 by Ich
The ROE are getting ridiculous. Obviously, Klein would not go out of his way to inflict unnecesary suffering. Howver, war is brutal and to try every case of collateral damage like it was the Texas Chain Saw Massacre makes me wonder who's side our governments are really on. Remember, that it was Taliban who hijacked the two fuel trucks and encuraged locals to come get fuel when the tankers got stuck, obviously, to shield themseles. Overall, the ISAFs record is much better than Osama's. This sounds like the Navy SEALs who are on trial fro roughing up a rag head leader, who they brought back alive-big mistake, I guess. When are Afgahns going to police their own country? They out number the Taliban 10 to 1 in Marjal, but only plead to make the offensive "quick and please don't hurt us"-sh*t-we're fighting their war and they don't like how we're doing it? Fight yourselves, Inshallah-maybe you'll like things better, that way. I sure would.
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