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Petraeus lauds Bundeswehr efforts

The Local · 25 Nov 2010, 14:56

Published: 25 Nov 2010 09:11 GMT+01:00
Updated: 25 Nov 2010 14:56 GMT+01:00

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In an interview with broadcaster ZDF, the Commander of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan said that visits to German bases in the Kunduz and Baglan regions had proved the Bundeswehr is “conducting very impressive counterinsurgency operations.”

“I think actually there has been quite an evolution, even in the course of this year and I think it’s very important to give these German troops credit,” he said.

Earlier in the week after a meeting with Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Petraeus had said that the country’s choice to increase troop numbers in the region to 5,000 had improved Germany’s reputation.

Over the summer files leaked by whistle-blower website Wikileaks revealed US frustration with the Bundeswehr’s performance in Afghanistan.

According to news magazine Der Spiegel which, along with US paper The New York Times and British daily The Guardian, had examined the documents, the files revealed “a German military that stumbled into the (Afghan) conflict with great naiveté.”

The Bundeswehr believed that the northern provinces where its soldiers were stationed would remain more peaceful than other parts of the country, the magazine reported.

On Wednesday Petraeus told ZDF that NATO troops have managed to wrest control from Taliban insurgents in much of Afghanistan, though.

“But I have also recognised that the Taliban still does have momentum in certain areas and freedom of movement in certain areas too,” he said.

The US plans to begin the process of withdrawing troops in July 2011, he said, adding that the speed and scale of the operation would depend on the country’s security situation.

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“We need to ensure that it will be irreversible,” he said.

Since Germany joined the NATO operation in Afghanistan in 2002, 44 Bundeswehr soldiers have been killed. There are currently about 5,000 German soldiers there, serving mainly in the northern part of the country.

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Your comments about this article

13:57 November 25, 2010 by Edmond Schindler
Great stop motion photo!
15:16 November 25, 2010 by HANNIBAL-BARCA
War is peace. The nominal 2011 withdrawal is "condition contingent" and a 2015 withdrawal is "aspirational" this is infinite war.

By the way would be president Patraeus, had any successful negotiations with your "soon" to be conquered enemy lately?
15:22 November 25, 2010 by ReaderX
ISAF = I Saw Americans Fighting
17:15 November 25, 2010 by Bravo2
C'mon, Germans, fight with us. It's the right thing to do. History is history and Germany has proud military heritage ... tarnished once or twice but no reason to back down. The U.S. alongside the UK and Germany. That's an unstoppable combo!
19:59 November 25, 2010 by tiranga
all bullshit!!! Americans are looking for other nations to jointly take the defeat/withdraw in near future! 10 years of war, and no Osama? And you still want to buy it?
22:43 November 25, 2010 by AusHessen
A war against whom? Camel jockeys and cave dwellers? American government biggest war instigator on planet earth needs other to join in so it it not obvious robbing other countries resources and take over poppy fields in Afghanistan and distribute heroin around the world for your children.

Psst, the russians got their tail kicked for ten years in Afghanistan. What makes you think it will be different? GI's and other soldiers fight for a private corporations interests. Got it?
10:52 November 26, 2010 by Roland_09
BTW, your picture shows a DUTCH PzH2000. Not a Bundeswehr one.
20:26 November 26, 2010 by ErickDDiaz
Im an American! The truth is I want to see a McDonalds in Kandajar Afganistan and a WalMart in Kabul and everybody driving oversized V-8 Pick Trucks. Is there anyharm to that.........ANd , finally the entire region renamed Ameristan, Britanstan, and Germanstan.
20:41 November 26, 2010 by DrGideonPolya
After 1945 the Germans adopted a post-Holocaust protocol summarized by the acronym CAAAA (C4A), specifically Cessation of the killing, Acknowledgment of the crimes, Apology for the crimes (30 million Slavs, Jews and Gypsies killed) , Amends and Assertion "never again to anyone".

Unfortunately in the 21st century Germany is again involved in mass murder, this time as part of the genocidal US Alliance in Occupied Afghanistan where post-invasion avoidable deaths from deprivation total 3.7 million, post-invasion violent deaths may total 1.2 million, post-invasion under-5 year old infant deaths total 2.6 million and refugees total 3.2 million (with a further 2.5 million Pashtun refugees generated by Obama in NW Pakistan) - an Afghan Holocaust commensurate with the WW2 Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million killed, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation) and an Afghan Genocide as defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention (Google Afghan Holocaust, Afghan Genocide).

Decent Germans must reject the racist, genocidal US Alliance and reject the disgusting, racist German politicians who have made Germany complicit in another horrendous genocide . The annual death rate is 7% for US Alliance-occupied Occupied Afghanistan under-5 year old infants as compared to 4% for Poles in Nazi-occupied Poland and 5% for French Jews in Nazi-occupied France (Google Polish Holocaust, Afghan Holocaust).

Holocaust survivor, holocaust hero and billionaire philanthropist George Soros has called for the "de-Nazification" of violent, warmongering, neoconservative America. US lackey Germany needs a new process of de-Nazification.
20:53 November 28, 2010 by dbert4
@ErickDDiaz - And you would say that the Taliban are a threat?
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