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Taliban attacks ahead of Bundeswehr funeral

DPA/The Local · 9 Apr 2010, 11:00

Published: 09 Apr 2010 10:17 GMT+02:00
Updated: 09 Apr 2010 11:00 GMT+02:00

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A spokesperson from Germany’s military command centre in Potsdam confirmed that two explosives were detonated as a convoy passed on a road four kilometres from a Bundeswehr camp in the Kunduz district around 9:30 am, damaging a German military vehicle but injuring no-one.

Omar said the bombs were likely detonated remotely.

The attack follows the Good Friday killings of three German soldiers during a fierce battle against Taliban fighters in the Chahar Dara district southwest of the city of Kunduz. Eight other soldiers were injured, four of them seriously.

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A funeral for the fallen soldiers is planned for 2 pm on Friday in the Lower Saxony town of Selsingen. Among friends and family of the deceased will be Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has never before attended a service for other soldiers killed while serving in Afghanistan. Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is also expected to attend.

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17:12 April 9, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
I've noticed that no one has actually given their names…

The fallen were all paratroopers of Fallschirmjägerbataillon 373.

All three were professional soldiers who fell in battle at the hands of the enemy on the second of April, 2010. Their names were:

Hauptfeldwebel (OR7/OR8) Niels Bruhns

Hauptgefreiter (OR3) Martin Augustiniak

Stabsgefreiter (OR4) Robert Hartert

A personal note to my fallen comdrades:

You followed the flag, and in doing so, honored us all with your sacrifice. Thank you for the defense of those that could not defend themselves.

Der St. Peter lasst Euch sicher nicht rein; zu viele Jungfrauen im Himmel! Der Teufel sicher auch nicht; der hat' ja Angst vor Euch. Aber der Odin; der sicher schon. Also, eines Tages, treffe ich Euch dort, in Valhalla. Glück - Ab!
20:54 April 9, 2010 by Major B
The German people and Bundeswehr should know there is wide support and respect for both their peaceful civilian efforts and military efforts in Afghanistan. All know it isn't easy, in light of horrific past losses and the political struggles within Germany. As you continue to adjust, gain confidence and footing in this effort, there will be support when you inevitably "take the gloves off". Soon NATO will have to give this back to the Afghanis. In the meantime, honor your heritage and the fallen from the past by justifiably doing what needs to be done. Step it up!!!
22:29 April 9, 2010 by DrGideonPolya
After 1945 the German people adopted a post-war, post-holocaust protocol that is summarized by the acronym CAAAA (C4A) involving Cessation of the killling, Acknowledgment of the crimes, Apology, Amends and Assertion "never again to anyone". Unfortunately, Germany is now grossly violating this protocol. Although the lying Bush regime "official version" declared that no Afghans were involved in the 9-11 atrocity, Germany is involved in the war criminal occupation and devastation of Afghanistan. UN Population Division data estimate that in Occupied Afghanistan post-invasion non-violent excess deaths total 3.4 million; post-invasion violent deaths total 1.1 million (assuming expert US-Australian advice that the level of violence has been 4 times lower in the Afghan War than in the Iraq War); post-invasion violent and non-violent avoidable deaths total 4.5 million; post-invasion under-5 infant deaths total 2.4 million (90% avoidable and due to US Alliance war crimes in gross violence of the Geneva Convention; and refugees total 3-4 million plus a further 2.5 million NW Pakistan Pashtun refugees generated under war criminal Obama. Germany is part of an Afghan Holocaust and an Afghan Genocide as defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention. The "annual death rate" is 7% for under-5 year old Afghan infants under Obama as compared to 4% for Poles in Nazi-occupied Poland and 5% for French Jews in Nazi-occupied France. For details see :"Afghan Holocaust, Afghan Genocide" and for the wider atrocity in which Germany has become involved see "Muslim Holocaust, Muslim Genocide".
05:21 April 10, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen

Whether the Taliban government was directly involved or nor is completely irrelevant. Here are factual assertions:

1) Osama bin Laden was welcomed in Afghanistan, for use as his base of operations.

2) Taliban rule over Afghanistan was one of the most oppressive and brutal regimes to ever govern the country, aside from the communists.

3) There was an active democratic resistance army fighting for liberation of the country.

4) Al-Queda and the Taliban had a declared military and economic alliance.

All of the above made Afghanistan a legitimate target, and it remains one to this day. Iraq is an entirely different issue, and that's why there are no German forces in Iraq. As for Afghanistan, however, there is absolutely no moral ambiguity there. Just because we aren't fighting to liberate *all* oppressed nations, doesn't mean we can't fight to liberate *an* oppressed nation.

Also, spare me the statistics about civilian deaths. There are no NATO forces intentionally targeting civilians, or intentionally trying to bring them harm in any way. We had a justifiable enemy, and we are doing our best not to kill innocent people in prosecuting those hostile forces.

In addition, I will remind you, that those three soldiers laying dead in that casket were attached to a reconstruction operation - not combat activity. They died trying to defuse mines on the side of the road; mines which didn't care if the next vehicle was Allied or Non-Combatant. We aren't the bastards here - they are. So, please, spare us your moral lecture. The morality of this situation is entirely clear, Dr. Polya.
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