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Another German soldier killed in Afghanistan

The Local · 2 Jun 2011, 13:15

Published: 02 Jun 2011 13:15 GMT+02:00

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A Bundeswehr spokesman told news magazine Der Spiegel that the "Improvised Explosive Device" (IED), injured five other soldiers, two severely in Qandahari in the Baghlan region of the country.

The explosion from the device, hidden by the side of a road, struck a Marder armoured vehicle containing seven soldiers. The vehicle was reportedly completely destroyed. The casualty died before he could be brought to the field hospital in Kunduz.

Soldiers arriving on scene apparently were severely hampered rescuing those in the wreckage, because the vehicle contained ammunition and explosives likely to be set off by the fire that followed the explosion.

US helicopters, which have been supporting German troops for over a year, ferried the soldiers to Kunduz.

This is the fourth German casualty in Afghanistan in less than two weeks. The Bundeswehr has been intensifying patrols and operations in Baghlan for months in an attempt to free it of Taliban forces.

German General Markus Kneip, commander of the German forces in Afghanistan, narrowly survived a deadly attack on Saturday, when a suicide bomb killed two German soldiers and five other people at the Takhar governor's office.

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15:02 June 2, 2011 by DOZ
Which enemy Planted the IED, the Taliban, Afghan Army, Canadian Army, or American Army?
15:46 June 2, 2011 by Englishted

What a stupid comment.

Why did you waste your time with it ?.
18:55 June 2, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
Maybe the Russians from their war with Afghanistan? In any case, it's too bad that another German soldier had to die. They should take more precautions in "hot" territory which may be mined. Where are their combat engineers and mine sweepers? It can't be that difficult.
22:43 June 2, 2011 by Chigozie Ohanweh
My sincere condolence goes to the families of the falling soldiers, n also the local should also publish about their succeses.
01:04 June 3, 2011 by whpmgr
Chingozie: they are fallen Soldiers, not falling, although during their death, they may have been falling...

DOZ: Wow, sure hope this happens to you some day, or better, soemone you love. (Unless you were being sarcastic or seomthing, then I don't wish tath at all and I apologize)

I think this will happen more. The Taliban do have people in Germany. When they see the fallout at home in Germany when a Soldier dies in a war zone, and if they think they can kill enough to make germany leave, they will increase the attacks.

Soldiers die, if you don't like it, get them out. I feel sorry for the guys on the front line since we are not killing enough bad guys to make them rethink their aggression. If we made war really hell for them, they would quit, they have no major ability to wage a real war so they would be forced to stop when all of their potential recruits are dead. Dead recruits means no one wants to join and die, and it means no more soldiers on the other side which means fewer attacks, which means we can go home and just monitor via bombers from 35,000 feet with missiles and precision bombs (I know over simplification, but this is the major idea).
01:34 June 3, 2011 by Eric D
i know it's hard for some to understand but the taliban in Afghanistan who plant IED are some of the most poltroonish human you will ever see

they don't want to engage the soldiers so they resort to **** like that

Use the drones and bomb the **** out of them no-matter where they are Afghanistan , pakistan, Pashto or Urdu take off the white gloves .
06:22 June 3, 2011 by The-ex-pat
18:55 June 2, 2011 by Jack Kerouac, "It can't be that difficult.".....................If is not that difficult then sign up and do your duty.
09:40 June 3, 2011 by adipk
@Doz: you are right. i am with you.

and my condolence are not only with German soldier family but with all those innocent victim of so called "war against terrorism". Its big game plan. People are dying without knowing of reason. Some time killed by Talibans and some time by Nato forces "friendly fire or mistake (normally mistake takes around 30 lives , see last incident)" .

I think its time to be realistic and understand whats going on and who get benefits out of it. Anyway many of us only believe media stories and made their mind.
00:30 June 4, 2011 by DrGideonPolya
This a tragedy for the German soldier who was just doing his duty and for his family.

However pause for a moment and, like Voltaire's characters in "Candide" , consider "cause and effect". This German soldier died because "Angel of Death" Angela Merkel has been the first German leader since Adolph Hitler to commit Germany to long-term participation in war crimes, holocaust and genocide.

Thus it is useful to compare the WW2 Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million killed, an estimated 1in 6 dying from deprivation, 1941-1945) with the ongoing, Germany-complicit Afghan Genocide and Afghan Holocaust (5.0 million war-related dead, this including 1.2 violently killed and 3.8 million avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation, 2001-2011).

Germans born after 1945 clearly have no responsibility for the WW2 Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million dead, 1941-1945) but are inescapably responsible fro the Afghan Genocide and Afghan Holocaust (5.0 million war-related dead, 2001-2011).

Put another way, Germans born after 1945 clearly have no responsibility for the WW2 Nazi German mass murder of 1.5 million Jewish children in 1941-1945 but are inescapably complicit in the deaths (90% avoidable) of 2.7 million Afghan infants in the 2001-2011, ongoing, Germany-complicit Afghan Genocide and Afghan Holocaust.

Decent people around the world take pause to consider the horrifying reality that under "Angel of Death" Angela Merkel the land of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms is again involved in the remorseless, barbaric mass murder of millions of women and children.
17:25 June 4, 2011 by Major B
@ Dr GideonPolya,

Sir, your post above is needlessly "Way over the top". Your comments are out of context and the comparisons shameful.

Why state a bunch of facts and use them in this way? I will just say from my own heritage I know oh so much about suffering, oppression and unfairness.

Let's give a correct anwser to who is responsible for the Afghan war dead, as horrific and awful as it is.

The former Taliban government of Afghanistan. That repressive, 13th century, Central Asian Hillbilly gang of thugs who repressed women, ideas and anything else that didn't conform to their assbackwards and timewarped ideology. You would ignore their destruction of those huge centuries old statues of the Buddha?

They and they alone( with Pakistani ISS culpability) allowed Al Quaeda to openly train and sponsor terror from their soil. As any parent is responsible for what takes place in their household they invited the "wrath of the world" by allowing Al Quaeda to go ahead and attack and brag.

Sir, please don't disrespect my dead countrymen, the affect this had on our financial and economic system in your response, if you do respond. They were warned repeatedly and if anything Pres Clinton should have taken stronger action in 1998. But, concerned with "world opinion", his own lack of a military record, etc. the U.S. took no action. After the Second bombing of the World Trade Center, years of taking Exacting action against the Organized Terror my country gets rewarded with 9/11/01. Well, that will never happen again and guess what, we have the resources and Will to respond each and every time.

Now if you want to blame the above destruction on the U.S. in a way your are correct. The U.S. should pull out and let Karzai and his cronies cook in their own juice.

But if anything, the German response in Afghanistan was muted at best. They took the "peaceful North" of the country, mistakenly thinking the war wouldn't come to them. The Bundeswher went in there with their PRT teams, building schools, goodwill, and doing good, naively thinking this would keep the war away. The soldiers didn't even wear bullet proof vests at first.

To accuse Chancelor Merkel of the things you did is shameful and takes away any credibility from your post.

You are adding fuel to those revisionists who say the WWII numbers of Jewish dead are lies. Give Germany credit for the good it has done since 1945. Germany was an honest broker when the U.S. foolishly went into Iraq. Germany didn't direcly support the Libyan intervention and Chancelor Merkel and withstood much criticism for that. Let WWII die. You appear to be more motivated by hatred and it shows in your posts.

I fully support Israel and Jewish concerns but there are many others in many other countries who have suffered just as horribly SINCE WWII!!!!!
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