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German Official Resigns Over Afghan Air Strike

Franz Josef Jung, a German cabinet official and former Defense Minister, resigned over accusations that the German military withheld information that lead to an air strike that killed civilians as well as militants. German forces in Afghanistan had called in an air strike against two fuel tankers that had been hijacked by Taliban forces. The air strike killed dozens of civilians, but Mr. Jung claimed that it had only been militants killed. It was later reveled that officials in the ministry of defense, including Mr. Jung, had known about the civilian deaths. The revelations come at a time that many German citizens are beginning to show strong opposition to German involvement in Afghanistan, and at a time that the United States is asking for more military support from NATO allies.

Read more at New York Times

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