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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty By Rikard Jozwiak

April 14, 2011

NATO foreign ministers have endorsed calls for Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi to leave power, amid divisions among alliance members on the campaign to protect civilians in the North African country.

At a meeting in Berlin, NATO foreign ministers agreed the alliance would continue its Libya mission as long as was needed. (more…)

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SOURCE: RTT News

Germany said Tuesday it had paid USD 5,000 (3,800 euros) each to members of the families of the 91 Afghans killed and 11 injured in last September’s US air strikes called in by German commander Col. Georg Klein on two hijacked fuel tankers near the Afghan town of Kunduz. (more…)

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By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER

AP

October 29, 2009

BERLIN — A top German general said Thursday that a NATO investigation of an airstrike against a pair of hijacked Afghan tanker trucks showed the attack was appropriate even though it led to civilian casualties.

Gen. Wolfgang Schneiderhan, who is the general inspector of the German army, also said that the exact death toll could no longer be confirmed. (more…)

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Foreign Policy

By ERICA GASTON

In the two months since Gen. Stanley McChrystal assumed ISAF command, we have seen a serious shift in thinking about civilian casualties and Afghan community concerns. This is most clearly embodied in the July Tactical Directive‘s much stricter guidelines on airstrikes and other uses of force that could risk civilian losses. The latest NATO airstrike in Kunduz — now believed to have killedas many as 125 people, at least two dozen of them civilians — raises questions of whether that thinking has gone far enough. (more…)

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The Telegraph

By BEN FARMER

A German commander who ordered an air strike on fuel tankers that killed dozens of Afghans used intelligence from a single observer in a possible breach of tactical rules.

An American warplane dropped 500lb bombs on the tankers after they were hijacked by Taliban militants and then became stuck in a river.

Reports suggested dozens of civilians could have been burned alive alongside the militants as villagers crowded round the lorries to collect fuel before the bombs struck in northern Kunduz province. (more…)

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By: Relief Web

Source: Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission; Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC); Human Rights Watch (HRW); Oxfam

WHAT: A coalition of NGOs including the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Oxfam International sent an open letter today to Heads of State and Government attending this week’s NATO Summit in Europe.

The Summit, to be held in France and Germany April 3 – 4, 2009, will center on the UN-mandated International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) strategy in Afghanistan.

The letter calls for the immediate creation of a uniform, coordinated system of condolence payments for civilian death, injury and property loss resulting from the actions of international forces.
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REUTERS

BERLIN, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Germany’s army has paid compensation to the family of an Afghan woman shot dead at a checkpoint in northern Afghanistan last week, the defence ministry said on Wednesday. (more…)

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