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Three German soldiers killed in Afghanistan

DPA/The Local · 2 Apr 2010, 19:17

Published: 02 Apr 2010 16:55 GMT+02:00
Updated: 02 Apr 2010 19:17 GMT+02:00

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Eight more soldiers were wounded, four of them seriously, in the battle in the dangerous district of Chahar Dara, south-west of Kunduz city, a spokesman at the Bundeswehr’s Military Command Centre confirmed.

The firefight against Taliban insurgents was still raging late Friday afternoon German time, with NATO fighters patrolling the air above Kunduz, lending support to the troops still locked in battle on the ground.

The soldiers also suffered a roadside bomb attack.

The German soldiers were attacked from several directions during a patrol, news magazine Der Spiegel reported, citing Afghan police. News agency DPA reported that they were conducting a mine sweep when they were attacked by several dozen Afghan fighters.

An armoured military car sent in to rescue the soldiers trapped in the firefight was hit by a bomb placed on or next to the road, injuring several more soldiers, the according to various media reports.

The wounded soldiers were taken by helicopter to the military camp in Kunduz.

Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg reacted with shock to the news.

''I have today with great sadness learned of the dead and injured German soldiers in Afghanistan,'' he said in a statement. ''My thoughts and prayers go to the families. In the face of combat on such a scale, it is clear how dangerous the nonetheless necessary mission in Afghanistan is.''

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This was the first deadly fight for German soldiers this year. It brought to 39 the number of German soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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17:23 April 2, 2010 by Frenemy
...anyone wanna take bets regarding the expediency with which this passes through the German public/media, or the brevity of the soon-to-follow government/military "investigation" into the matter (as compared to that of the Kunduz affair)??!!
18:39 April 2, 2010 by Henckel
@ Frenemy: Of course, they'll sweep it under the rug. When they can arraign and find blame, then the news media and parliamentarians will pounce, as in the case of Kunduz. If there's a security lapse, then it's a case of let's move on.
18:47 April 2, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
I'll remind everyone that this is the same area where this fatal airstrike against the "civilians" around the captured NATO tanker occurred. Yes, we can all see they are peaceful "non-combatants" all around.
21:30 April 2, 2010 by Eagle1
My sympathies to their families and all of Germany. These guys are heroes in my book. Ridding the world of militant Islam by any means necessary is a noble and right cause.

Now watch the lefty fruits come out of the woodwork.
22:01 April 2, 2010 by joseph woods
with regret and sympathie to the families of the lads and all of germany god bless and keep us all safe thay have not given ther lives for nothing I will say thank you before I go to sleep
00:33 April 3, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, it's always tough to hear about the loss of NATO soldiers. I know that there to help the Afgan people and eliminate terrorists threats. However, many of us wonder whether or not the sacrifices are beneficial.

That country has a history of instability and corruption.

Can western efforts really change things there? Is NATO and western dollars better served elsewhere?
02:55 April 3, 2010 by wenddiver
Sad about the German Soldiers, would be nice if somebody in Berlin would bury them in a Monument pointing out that these three German Warriors died defending the worlds Freedom, along with the other 39.

Hopefully the Germans will kick the Cave men's a__ and pee on their worthless carcusses.

Germany, Free again, Great Again, because of warriors like these!
09:39 April 3, 2010 by mixxim
Three more young men killed (were they conscripts?) -no wish to be seen as heroes, they did nothing heroic- to boost the moral of their leaders. In every war people are pointlessly killing each other because of the governments inability to persuade the other side. The solution is either to target the leaders or to nuke them.
10:41 April 4, 2010 by Major B
Cogent comments above and nothing said that was disgraceful(thus far). Would like to think folks are coming around or maybe The Local has done some censoring. Hope not. Brave soldiers and indeed they are heroes. Yes, war is pointless but if it has to be then I want my side with a gargantuan advantage - and ruthless, within the bounds of acceptable conduct, per the GC. Good effort with the disciplined and lean a mean Bundeswehr force - but there enough soldiers to command the Kunduz area. And the Germans can do better than wait for the 2000 or so American soldiers that are coming. It's time to let the Bundeswehr go "Teutonic" - backed by enough reinforcements. Alright, go "soccer" then. And kick some damn ass!!!
20:07 April 4, 2010 by Frenemy
hmmm....that's a door that ain't easy to close once opened!
03:49 April 5, 2010 by Major B
Correction to 6th sentence from bottom of my last comments: should have read "there AREN'T enough soldiers to command the Kunduz area"

@ Frenemy: I know you're aren't going soft. You must have drunk some "Political Correctness" juice. :) Know where you stand bud.

Deep down a "seething" will start to emerge from the German people and hopefully there will be leadership. The FRG just celebrated the birthday of a giant(am sure to get some hate mail for that comment). When the time was right Chancerlor Kohl was magnificent. Saw it myself as a world leader, in the strong post-war heritage of Adenaur and Schmidt rose to the occasion. Come on Merkel, go "Thatcher".and quickly correct that "underhanded" comment. At least the defense minister is by his comments is testing the waters and hinting where the govmt may start to look
15:02 April 5, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
Der Herr ist mein Hirte, mir wird nichts mangeln.

Er weidet mich auf einer grünen Aue und führet mich zum frischen Wasser.

Er erquicket meine Seele. Er führet mich auf rechter Straße um seines Namens willen.

Und ob ich schon wanderte im finstern Tal, fürchte ich kein Unglück; denn du bist bei mir, dein Stecken und Stab trösten mich.

Du bereitest vor mir einen Tisch im Angesicht meiner Feinde. Du salbest mein Haupt mit íl und schenkest mir voll ein.

Gutes und Barmherzigkeit werden mir folgen mein Leben lang, und ich werde bleiben im Hause des Herrn immerdar.


Ruhet in Frieden meine Kameraden,

HptGefr, PzGrenBtl 212
20:34 April 5, 2010 by Hebbellover
@ Eagle1 I second your post!
21:45 April 5, 2010 by Frenemy

well, well, well...

so there are "real" people on here after all...

(I haven't heard that prayer in awhile...and I'm glad...)
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