German had no right to order Afghan strike on civilians: Paper

The German officer who called in an air strike in Afghanistan that killed dozens of civilians did not have the right to give the order, paper said.

German had no right to order Afghan strike on civilians: Paper

The German officer who called in an air strike in Afghanistan that killed dozens of civilians did not have the right to give the order, according to preliminary NATO findings, a newspaper said on Wednesday.

German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung said a report from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) had found that Colonel Georg Klein had overstepped his command in ordering the attack in Kunduz last week.

The paper quoted a senior NATO officer as saying it was "crystal clear" that Klein had not kept to the prescribed chain of command, and that he should not have made the decision without checking back with ISAF headquarters.

A spokesman for Germany's Defence Ministry, which has been heavily criticised over the incident, said the officer's remarks were based on ISAF findings amounting to "a kind of inspection report".

The strike on two fuel trucks was the most deadly attack involving German troops since World War Two.

Afghan authorities have said close to a hundred that number may have perished.

Reuters
Last Mod: 10 Eylül 2009, 16:34
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