Pressure Builds on Merkel and Defense Minister On Afghan Airstrike
The Defense Commission of the German Bundestag, including Chairwoman Susanne Kastner (R), convenes at Paul-Loebe-Haus on December 16, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. The Defense Commission will later in the day reconvene as the official commision to investigate the German-ordered bombing of Taliban-hijacked gasoline transporters near Kunduz in Afghanistan, in which scores of civilians were killed in addition to many Taliban fighters. The incident, because both German military and government officials were slow to disclose details surrounding the chain of orders and data that led to the bombing, has already led to the resignation of a defense minister and the German Chief of Staff. Most recently both current Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have been pulled into the controversy of who knew what and when, with opposition politicians calling for the resignation of zu Guttenberg.