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Afghan intel reportedly failed to warn of attack

The Local · 16 Jun 2011, 11:53

Published: 16 Jun 2011 11:53 GMT+02:00

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Investigators working on the June 2 roadside bomb attack on a Bundeswehr armoured vehicle which killed a German soldier and left five others injured, some seriously, think it was a trap set with collusion of Afghan officials.

The Bild newspaper said on Thursday it had seen Defence Ministry documents which show that those in the German Afghanistan headquarters in Mazar-e-Sarif were ‘disappointed’ by the Afghan intelligence service, the NDS. Senior members of the NDS had known about the impending attack but had not warned the Germans, the paper said.

One soldier involved told the paper, “We believed we could trust them to a certain extent.”

The paper said that investigators were trying to untangle why the Afghan police reported a hidden bomb to the German forces, but gave the wrong location – by about a kilometre.

“The Afghans deliberately told us of a large explosive device, so that we would send our armoured division. They wanted the propaganda success of getting one of our Marders,” one Bundeswehr investigator told the paper, referring to the heavy armoured vehicle destroyed in the explosion.

Shortly after the attack, which completely destroyed the vehicle and left a 23-year-old soldier dead and five others injured, Defence Minister Thomas de Maizière said it was an indication of the Taliban’s weakness in the region that it was having to resort to such tactics.

He said the Taliban had lost ground and that the German strategy was correct.

But the documents show that this was not correct and that the Taliban are still, “present as before,” and have simply changed their strategy.

They rate the chances of an increase in bomb attacks on the Germans as ‘probable’, with, “the main threat presumably coming from IEDs [improvised explosive devices].”

The Bild also said it had information that the German commander of international forces in Afghanistan, General Markus Kneip, had been told of a plan for, “an attack on a top official in Takhar in the coming 24 to 48 hours,” but had ignored the warning. Kneip was subsequently injured in a bomb attack on the governor’s palace in Takhar on May 28. The explosion killed several Afghan officials, as well as one of Kneip's bodyguards and a close aides.

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"We are investigating, but we know nothing about this," a spokesman for the Bundeswehr told The Local on Thursday.

"The Bild newspaper has got hold of some documents and they approached us. But the idea that the NDS should have known about the attack is something we know nothing about.”

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23:36 June 16, 2011 by Chigozie Ohanweh
The bundeswehr should take every tip off serious n be mor vigilant. for the fallen hero may his gentle soul rest in perfect peace to the injured ones i wish them quick recovery in Jesus name. Amen.
04:34 June 17, 2011 by mike_1983
its time to get out...... any fool can see afghanistan will never be won!
15:12 June 17, 2011 by hasanhusin
US sec of defense,Gates and top US/Nato commander in afghanistan, gen Petreus see the war is losing and they are resigning.....

German top commander in afghanistan general Marcus Kneip injured seriously and now still in hospital.

The Taliban is gaining strength and now in the offensive, spring offensive.

July is coming soon and US to start withdrawing their forces. This situation will further weaken the already low morale of occupying soldiers...

Sophisticated weapons and global media propaganda couldn't tame the determined and brave afghans...

Withdraw now, as mike-1983 says afghanistan will never be won!!
18:59 June 17, 2011 by whpmgr
Hasan you are an al queida spy. You are an idiot spreading lies. Gate's tiem is up, he is chosing to move on. That happens here since most of the time, Heads of the departments change hands more often than Gates has. Petreus can only serve until age of 55 in the US military.

Afghanistan needs bombs and killing. If you try to win the hearts and minds, you cant win as it is too nice. If you try to kill and whip them into submission, it will come easier.
00:58 June 18, 2011 by DrGideonPolya
Why would Germany expect even Afghans linked to the US Alliance Occupiers to give them correct intelligence? Would Nazi German Occupiers have expected correct intelligence from collaborating Vichy France military and police in Nazi-occupied France?

In post-invasion Occupied Afghanistan non-violent avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation total 3.8 million, violent deaths may total 1.2 million, under-5 infant deaths total 2.7 million (90% avoidable and due to US Alliance and German war crimes in gross violation of the Geneva Convention) and refugees total 3-4 million - an Afghan Holocaust and an Afghan Genocide as defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention.

The German-complicit Afghan Holocaust (5 million war-related deaths, 2.4 million avoidable infant deaths) is now commensurate with the German-imposed WW2 Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million killed, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation, 1.5 million Jewish children killed).

The World must apply Sanctions and Boycotts against US-suborned, Democratic Fascist Germany which as an ally of the war criminal US has been complicit in the following post-war genocides (deaths in parentheses): the post-war Global Avoidable Mortality Holocaust from First World hegemony (1.3 billion avoidable deaths from First World-imposed deprivation, 0.9 billion infants, 0.6 billion Muslims), Palestinian Genocide by Germany-backed Apartheid Israel (0.3 million avoidable deaths, 0.2 million infant deaths, 7 million refugees, massive ethnic cleansing ), Afghan Genocide (5.0 million war-related deaths), Germany-complicit Iraqi Holocaust (4.6 million war-related deaths, 1990-2011).

Prior to 1945 in the 20th century alone Germany were involved in the Namibian Genocide (0.1 million Namas and Hereros systematically exterminated), the Armenian Genocide (1.5 million Armenians murdered by German-allied and German-armed Turks) and the WW2 Holocaust (30 million Slavs, Jews and Gypsies murdered).

Only comprehensive international Sanctions and Boycotts can stop continued German participation in invasion, occupation, mass murder, mass infanticide and genocide. My family fled Silesia from the genocidal Germans in about 1800 and then again in the 1930s and 1940s.
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