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German army chief quits over Afghan air strike

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German army chief quits over Afghan air strike


Germany’s top military chief Wolfgang Schneiderhan has resigned, after accusations the army withheld information concerning an air strike in Afghanistan.

The September 4th attack on two tanker trucks killed 69 Taliban fighters and 30 civilians. In the days following the raid, Franz Josef Jung, who was defence minister at the time, denied any civilians lost their lives. “We will of course use the investigation reports. And of course, we will communicate them to all political parties in the Bundestag. This is how such a case should be handled. It requires transparency and of course the documents are in the hands of the Attorney General.” German media reported that secret videos and a military report clearly pointed to civilian casualties at the time the government and armed forces were denying any such thing. The resignation comes as Germany debates whether to extend its military mission in the country.

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