LHStarAlliance From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2333 times:
MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (Reuters) -- A suicide bomber killed three German soldiers and four civilians on Saturday in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, Afghan security officials said.
To the south, militants in Kapisa province engaged Afghan and foreign forces overnight in a battle in which several dozen Taliban fighters were believed to have been killed, the U.S.-led coalition said.
And in the Shinwar district near Jalalabad, a remote-controlled bomb killed a police chief and another officer and wounded three others on Saturday, a local official said.
Insurgents have stepped up attacks in Afghanistan in recent weeks following the traditional winter lull. The Taliban has said it has trained hundreds of suicide bombers to carry out the attacks.
In the city of Kunduz, the suicide bomber struck when the German soldiers were patrolling on foot and in a vehicle.
"Suddenly we heard a big sound. We were frightened," said Aziz, a shopkeeper. "We saw very thick smoke and people rushing to escape."
In addition to the seven killed in the blast, 14 people, including two German soldiers, were wounded, according to local security officials who blamed the attack on the Taliban.
On Thursday, roadside explosions killed 11 Afghan police officers and the nation's information minister was wounded in a suicide bombing.
The attacks follow the death of the insurgents' top operational commander, Mullah Dadullah, in a U.S.-led coalition raid last weekend. His death was considered the biggest blow to the Taliban since they were driven from power in 2001.
In Kapisa province, northeast of Kabul, militants ambushed and tried to trap Afghan and coalition forces before midnight Friday in the al-Asay valley, a coalition spokesman said.
"Coalition air strikes were called in. Several dozen enemy fighters were believed to have been killed," Major Chris Belcher, a coalition spokesman, said.
Allstarflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2318 times:
Quoting LHStarAlliance (Thread starter): A suicide bomber killed three German soldiers and four civilians on Saturday in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, Afghan security officials said.
Saddening to know. Outside of U.S. and British casualties, I never hear much about casualties from other Allied forces, especially other than Iraq. More often, it seems, I hear more about which nation is the latest in pulling its troops.
Aloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 9289 posts, RR: 38
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2271 times:
Condolences from me as well; fortunately our Minister of Defence had the words I had hoped for concerning the German presence in Afghanistan: along the lines of "We must continue to help the population rebuild and stabilise the country."
One thing that may partly be speculation is that the Taliban are moving more and more towards the - up to now - relatively peaceful north and towards terrorist attacks as they realise they cannot win the battles in the field that they fight in the south.
Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
VANGUARD737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 689 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2250 times:
Sad news indeed. We appreciate all the help our allies give us, especially Germany, which has over 3,000 soldiers serving in Afghanistan alone. Thank you for your solidarity and I hope this incident does not derail the mission at hand. I just wish the media gave more attention to the sacrifices made by our allies, as well.
Will mir die Hand noch reichen,
Derweil ich eben lad'.
"Kann dir die Hand nicht geben,
Bleib du im ew'gen Leben
Mein guter Kamerad!"
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14815 posts, RR: 61
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2230 times:
The nasty thing is that the German government will not recognise the dead soldiers as fallen in a war, because Germany participates in a "peacekeeping mission" and not a war. Thus the deaths will be considered as "Einsatzbezogen" (related to deployment), just as if they would have been killed in an accident in a German base.
This way the government (and the population) first can keep on denying that Germany is actually a combatant in a war and deny the widows and children of the soldiers certain payments.
the political aspect may be of minor relevance, but THIS here is tragic and is shabby and lousy !
I nevertheless hope that there will be no withdrawal from Afghanistan as a victory of the Taliban would be a real and definite disaster and a tragedy !