German minister quits over Afghan strike fallout

German minister quits ov

November 27, 2009 15:52


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Germany's labor minister said on Friday that he is resigning from the cabinet amid the fallout from an air strike in northern Afghanistan that already cost the head of the armed forces his job. Franz Josef Jung was defense minister at the time of the Sept. 4 air strike, which is believed to have killed civilians, but acknowledged this week that he had not seen a German military report and videos on the attack. Jung said Friday he was resigning to take "political responsibility." Military chief of staff Gen. Wolfgang Schneiderhan also quit on Thursday, after Bild daily said the confidential military report suggested civilians likely were killed. At the time Jung insisted for days that there was no evidence of civilian victims.

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