Situation in Afghanistan is 'threatening': Struck

29th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

29 August 2005, FAISABAD, AFGHANISTAN - German Defence Minister Peter Struck called the security situation for German soldiers in Afghanistan "threatening" after arriving Monday morning in Faisabad, where an explosion occurred two days earlier at a German military reconstruction team's base.

29 August 2005

FAISABAD, AFGHANISTAN - German Defence Minister Peter Struck called the security situation for German soldiers in Afghanistan "threatening" after arriving Monday morning in Faisabad, where an explosion occurred two days earlier at a German military reconstruction team's base.

There were no injuries in Saturday's explosion at the base and a German military spokesman said there was only slight damage.

Struck was due to inspect the two German reconstruction teams in Faisabad and Kundus and to study the security situation ahead of Afghanistan's first parliamentary elections in decades, scheduled for September 18.

The German minister warned that further attacks against foreign soldiers were likely in the lead-up to the polls, but despite the danger the forces would remain in Afghanistan and take "all necessary safety precautions".

Germany has 2,250 soldiers deployed in Afghanistan and Struck said their operational readiness is important in the fight against the drug dealers, warlords and the Taleban.

The election in three weeks is a "key role in the democratisation of the country", said the defence minister.

Struck was scheduled to return by late Monday to Berlin.

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Subject: German news

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