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German Army Chief Resigns Over Afghan Civilian Killings


German Army chief General Wolfgang Schneiderhan has formally asked to be relieved of duty today following the release of images from the US warplane involved in the September Kunduz air strike showed that German officials were lying about situation leading up to the attack.

Gen. Schneiderhan

The photographs, released by the nation’s Bild newspaper, show large numbers of civilians at the site of the German-ordered attacked and disproved repeated claims from officials as high ranking as former Defense Minister Franz Jung that there was no evidence of civilian deaths.

Gen. Schneiderhan sought the resignation and took responsibility for not bringing the facts to the attention of German officials, but a junior member of the defense ministry was also ousted over the revelation, a growing embarrassment to the German government.


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