Pressure Builds on Merkel and Defense Minister On Afghan Airstrike
State Secretary for the government Eckart von Klaeden responds to questions from opposition politicians during questioning at the German Bundestag over the German-ordered bombing of Taliban-hijacked gasoline transporters near Kunduz in Afghanistan on December 16, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. Scores of civilians, in addition to many Taliban fighters, were killed in the bombing, and the subsequent political fallout cost both a German Defense Minister and the Chief of Staff their jobs. Opposition politicians reacted with frustration and indignation today as von Klaeden and State Minister of the Ministry of Defense Christian Schmidt deflected all of their questions. The Bundestag has launched a special commision to investigate the circumstances around the bombing.