The repercussions of the German-led air strike near Kunduz in the evening hours of 3 September, which claimed a high toll of civilian casualties, caught the German government by surprise. Until then, the chancellor, Angela Merkel, had hoped to keep Afghanistan out of the election campaign, preferring to pretend that nothing had really changed since the Bundeswehr took charge of the ISAF regional command in north Afghanistan in 2005. Yes, we raised the troop level to 4,800 in just three years and we now provide the northern-based Quick Reaction Force and airborne reconnaissance for the missions. Yes, we will participate in air operations via the Airborne Warning and Control System and occasionally we engage in direct fighting and call for Close Air Support.… Seguir leyendo »
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