• Germany's news in English

Germany to withdraw ISAF Tornados

The Local · 19 Sep 2010, 12:06

Published: 19 Sep 2010 12:06 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

According to a report in news magazine Der Spiegel, General Chief of Staff Volker Wieker, Germany's highest ranking soldier, advised Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg to transfer resources and withdraw the reconnaissance planes.

The six fighters have been delivering terrain photos to the international military mission ISAF since 2007.

ISAF commander David Petraeus is reported to have made the suggestion in a letter to Wieker in early August. Petraeus is reported to have said that even though the planes were "valuable reconnaissance tools," in view of the fact that Germany's military commitment was currently limited to 5,350 soldiers, it was better to have more troops on the ground. ISAF currently has "a desperate need for training and advisory units."

Petraeus also asked Guttenberg to send 350 extra troops from the so-called flexible reserve force to Afghanistan. According to Der Spiegel, this puts the Berlin government in a difficult position, as the mandate for the reserve soldiers stipulates that they can only be used for a specific purpose – such as protecting parliamentary elections – and for a limited time.

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Satuday, "If there is room for manoeuvre in the mandate, it should be used in a training capacity and not for combat soldiers."

Story continues below…


The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

17:46 September 19, 2010 by Yahu777
Prima! Now withdraw ALL troops from Afghanistan! It's way past time that we learn to mind our own business.
20:34 September 19, 2010 by wenddiver
What is the purpose of sending soldiers with no combat experience to train Afgans who have been killing , since they were eight years old? We should nuke the Taliban and go home, repeat for any other sponsors of terror.

Death to the Cave People.
04:07 September 20, 2010 by 1FCK_1FCK

How wonderfully enlightened of you. Let's bomb them back to the Stone Age, eh? This whole "War on Terror" is a ruse anyway. The 9/11 "terrorists" should've been prosecuted for crimes. Instead they were used as an excuse to invade two countries. Now there are hundreds of thousands of dead human beings from the longest war since, what, the 1700s? What a pile of garbage. Our leaders are clowns who should be given the same treatment as Saddam.
12:07 September 20, 2010 by moistvelvet
Well lets look at the positive, at least the photograph is of a Tornado, a rarity in having something relevant to the article :-)

But it is green! :-0
00:29 September 21, 2010 by JohnPaul44
Of course we shouldn't bomb them back to the Stone Age! Are we barbarians? Let's do the humane thing and bomb them back to the 7th century, where they will feel right at home.
02:26 September 21, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
It doesn't really matter. Every time one of our commanders has the courage to actually drop bombs on a reasonable target, they want to charge him with genocide or something equally stupid. So, just get them home and save the gas.
06:46 September 21, 2010 by JohnPaul44
If we bring them home, at least that will get the Weapons of Mass Destruction out of the country!
12:09 September 21, 2010 by Frenemy
@Grenadier: "gas"?! Now that's an option worth looking into! lol ;-)
Today's headlines
Creepy clown scare spreads to Germany
Two of the clowns were apparently equipped with chainsaws. Photo: Pedro Pardo / AFP file picture

Police said Friday five incidents involving so-called scary clowns had occurred in two north German town, including one assailant who hit a man with a baseball bat, amid fears that Halloween could spark a rash of similar attacks.

Student fined for spying on women via their webcams
Photo: DPA

Student from Munich fined €1,000 for spying on 32 different computers, using their webcams to take photographs, or record their keyboard history.

This is how much startup geeks earn in Germany
Photo: DPA

A comprehensive new survey of 143 startup founders shows how much you are likely to be earning at a German startup, from entry level all the way up to sitting on the board.

Man dies after beating for peeing near Freiburg church
The Johannes Church in Freiburg. Photo Jörgens Mi/Wikipedia

A middle-aged man from southern Germany has died after being attacked by a group of men who took umbrage with the fact he was urinating in the vicinity of a church.

The Local List
Seven German celebrities with uncanny doppelgängers
Former Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit and actor Alec Baldwin. Photo: DPA; Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

Check out these seven look-a-likes of well known German figures - we admit that some are more tenuous than others...

Israel seeks to buy three new German submarines: report
A Dolphin class submarine. Photo: DPA

Israel is seeking to buy three more advanced submarines from Germany at a combined price of €1.2 billion, an Israeli newspaper reported Friday.

Here’s where people live the longest in Germany
Photo: DPA

Germans down south seem to know the secret to a long life.

More Germans identify as LGBT than in rest of Europe
Photo: DPA

The percentage of the German population which identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is higher than anywhere else in Europe, according to a new study.

'Reichsbürger' pair attack police in Saxony-Anhalt
File photo: DPA.

A "Reichsbürger" and his wife attacked police officers on Thursday, just a day after another Reichsbürger fatally shot an officer in Bavaria.

Five things not to miss at the Frankfurt Book Fair
Photo: DPA

From consulting a book doctor to immersing yourself in an author's world with the help of virtual reality, here are five things not to miss at this week's Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's largest publishing event.

Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd