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Afghan police say woman killed by German troops

The Local · 10 Mar 2011, 12:41

Published: 10 Mar 2011 12:41 GMT+01:00

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The incident happened in the Chahar Dara district of Kunduz province Wednesday when German troops came under attack and retaliated with gunfire, provincial police chief Abdul Rahman Sayedkhili said.

“German troops patrolling Chahar Dara district opened fire on civilian houses yesterday afternoon," Sayedhkhili told news agency AFP. "One woman was killed and another was injured as a result."

A spokesman for German troops in Kunduz, Lieutenant Colonel Klaus Geier, said he could not confirm the death but added that an investigation has been launched.

The incident is the latest to highlight the long-sensitive issue of civilian casualties caused by international troops in Afghanistan.

The deaths of nine children in an air strike last week drew a public apology from the US commander of foreign troops in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, but this was rejected by President Hamid Karzai.

A UN report said Wednesday that Afghan civilian deaths in the war increased 15 percent last year, adding that insurgents were responsible for three-quarters of all the killings.

There are just under 5,000 German troops serving in Afghanistan, according to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

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15:34 March 10, 2011 by tallady
This place is a lost cause .there is no military solution,,,lets get to he-l out of there.Who needs all the condemnation from a nation of corrupt politicians ,lining their pockets and the pockets of their friends and family with foreign money.
16:51 March 10, 2011 by Sastry.M
I feel sorry for the sake of the Germans who committed themselves as a NATO member in the Afghan issue which was not their cause but any inadvertent action in situational necessity or self defence is prone to be amplified with an irresponsible common blot of holocaust rememberences
19:14 March 10, 2011 by fryintl
Sastry.M: in for a penny, in for a pound. So, if you are not part of NATO, then get out. The treaty is a mutual protection treaty. If NATO goes, it is a way for teh EU to enter World Politik, and have a say and provide some influence to the geo-political area.

Germany being there furthers the interests of the EU. I agree that this fight is stupid. We should contain, blockaid and just let them settle their problems. IF a hostile government comes about, then we just keep them in their borders and keep them from exporting politics and problems the EU and the US are not in agreement with. The russians adn the Chinese do not have issues as tey look directly at their national interests andact accordingly. IF we did that, and didn't try to be PC, we would ahve a safer world-people wouldnt be happy, but our interests would be served.
13:50 March 11, 2011 by wenddiver
Hardly the fault of the German Troops, the headlines should read "Terrorists fighting for Osama Bin Laden try to Kill German Troops, some civilians killed in Fire Fight." The Taliban decided to allow this mass murderer to set up in the country; the blood is on their hands.
14:44 March 11, 2011 by Sastry.M
Comment: fryintl : What I mean is that ww-2 has utterly devastated Germany both geographically destroying all major cities to ruins and humiliating all people to bear the common guilt of atrocities committed by the Nazi Regime guaged with virtuous moral standards of victorius Allied Democracies. Indeed no allied western nation cared for the plight and destitution of the defeated Germans except indulging in blasphemy and promoting self serving interests and make the mainstay central european nation impotent with Morgenthau Plan. As against the utter confusion of western allies in achieving an effective common policy the Soviet Russians played their forein policy chess moves with calm and composure because of their one pointed conviction of political ideology and concerted methods of expansionist movement supported with cheap and mass propaganda. Not until the time the west realized the potential genius of the Soviet power and the calculated East Block Treaties it entered with it's subjugated east european nations did it ever occur to them the impending Soviet Tsunami into their own households. Then only did it occur to initiate similar counter moves and extend a restricted respect to the fallen Germans and yet allow a small place in their hearts to keep alive their hatred. Thanks to the services of the Old Fox German Chancellor Dr. Konrad Adenauer who as a seasoned lawyer and politician brought direction to western policies and concessions to German reconstruction and made the western allies realize the necessity of a strong German nation. Entering the 50's with cold war winds blowing all over europe the NATO was instituted to counter any immediate soviet threat and the EU to promote european solidarity freeing themselves from'hegemony' mind sets.Thus did Germany enter the european scene and became main NATO supporter and genuine EU promoter. Is this change for good graciously accepted by other western partners? Who in reality is ruling the roost and who is paying for it with money and an accepted sense of unmerited shame? It is only about caution that any military commitment by Germany even as a NATO member and with U.N sanctions may not be turned against them that I have ventured to express my opinion keepimg in view the holy masqurade of holocaust religion against them.
00:00 March 12, 2011 by fryintl
Comment: Sastry, it was the MArshall plan, but hey, starts with an M and has a great deal of the same letters in it. Ok, you are of the opinion that is soemwhat based on firm ground. I accept your argument, and just wish to say: Any nation that just gives money freely without having a national interest, is foolish. SO we did spend tons of money, we helped develop Germany (France, UK and the US). The Canadians left not too long ago but took a long time going. THe French did all they could to rape and cause problems for Germany, and were filled with Soviet loving swine, so I have not much nice to say abbout thm. THe russians had a plan, and are bringing it back with a passion, if we are not careful we will find ourselves, once again, facing an Iron curtain. Now that they are inside the circus tent, and hav epeopl eon teh inside (Greens, and other liberal parties) they have the homefield advantage. Didn't Merkel coem from teh east? NATO is about keeping the US interests in the forefront. THe combined German/French Brigades are about keeping the GERMAN and the French INIterests in the forefront, and about countering the problems france had with the American Kings of NATO. What happens with Germany when the last American leaves? How many houses will be empty and unsellable? Where is industry? I don't see that Germany really has a great need fro NATO except that they don't have to spend so much money on defense as NATO will protect them and they know it-so teh AMericans spend more than anyone else for soemthing we really don't need to anymore. The Soviet threat is back, and more insidious. The CHinese threat is a couple of decades away, but they will start consolidating their political and ecnonmic wars with Europe in the not so distant future. If we allow the CHICOMs (old name huh?) to consolidate their position without trying to counter it , we will be overrun. I remember Ramstein VIllage. They had a few thousand inhabitants but had 4 CHinese restaurants...
15:31 March 12, 2011 by Sastry.M
@fryintl :Thanks for appreciation of my opinion and and acceptance of argument. As you have suggested money rules the world (Geld regiert die Welt!) and interest is always assumed with it's transactions. However it promotes only 'transactions' by itself as a medium of exchange while actions are actually performed by people whose minds are influenced by it. If minds are fertile and productive for actions that are conducive to human support and welfare then that money is best invested and well spent even after sustaining losses due to human errors and natural calamities. But if human genius is only wedded to greed in all aspects of money dealings with scant respect for fairness, human values and welfare then that money spells only doom sooner or later effecting all humanity including those who control it transactively and those who toil in industrial productivity. This is simply because the universal laws of creation and sustenance are irrevocable and cannot be manipulated with human minds however much they dabble with intellectual genius and intuitive intelligence.
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