World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Security examined: after Afghanistan bomb attack

Struck reaffirms that all appropriate security precautions had been taken

Speaking on June 10 in reference to the bomb attack carried out against German ISAF soldiers in Kabul on June 7, Defense Minister Peter Struck noted that he does not consider the use of tanks to be an appropriate means of promoting peace in Afghanistan. "We will not build confidence if we start acting like an occupying power," he said, observing that it is simply not possible to provide absolute security against suicide attacks. Four soldiers were killed and twenty-nine injured when a car bomb exploded next to a convoy of military vehicles that had left Camp Warehouse and was headed for Kabul Airport. The dead and wounded have since been flown back to Germany.

Struck reaffirmed that all appropriate security precautions had been taken and stepped up in connection with the movement of the convoy. He noted that active and passive security measures had been taken, including technical reconnaissance measures, in an effort to defend against all possible threats. Security regulations are laid down by ISAF and subject to daily assessment and revision, particularly when information is received on possible attacks. Struck said efforts would be made to continue to improve security in the future.

Hope for a peaceful future

On June 10 an advance team will fly to Afghanistan to gather information for the deployment of a provincial reconstruction team (PRT) in the province of Herat, the city of Herat, and Charikar (near Kabul). The advance team will also assess potentials for supporting reconstruction efforts in other parts of the country. It is estimated that the team will need about fourteen days to complete its mission. One British and three American PRTs have been established thus far.

Defense Minister Struck will discuss experience gathered with PRTs at a meeting with US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on June 11 during the observance of tenth anniversary of the George C. Marshall Center in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The advance team's report will be evaluated on its return and will likely be dealt with by the cabinet at the end of June. After that it will have to be approved by parliament. The deployment of a German PRT cannot be expected before September. "Our involvement will help to give the country hope for a peaceful future," Struck said.

He told the press that the parliamentary defense committee has called upon the cabinet to make new provisions to ensure financial security for the families of servicemen killed on peacekeeping missions.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>

ALSO:

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news