April 15th, 2010
09:13 AM ET

4 troops killed in northern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan - Four German soldiers were killed in Afghanistan on Thursday, a German military spokesman in Afghanistan confirmed.

NATO's International Security Assistance Force said earlier that four of its troops died after an insurgent attack in northern Afghanistan.

German troops have been part of the international military presence in Afghanistan with 4,335 soldiers and have served in the northern part of the country.

Earlier this month, German forces killed at least five Afghan soldiers in the northern province of Kunduz during a friendly fire incident.

The killings came hours after three German troops died and eight others were wounded in fighting with the Taliban. The German army said at the time that the fighting was one of the "most grave and costly" incidents for the country's military since World War II.

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  1. frogman

    daniel i didnt think the german's would tuck tail and run just like taht, i have worked with them many times and they do not have the word quit in there vocabulary.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. colonel

    "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers,
    For he who sheds his blood with me,
    Shall be my brother.."
    HENRY V Shakespeare.
    Rest in peace soldiers.

    April 16, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Douglas Burgess

    Germany is a member of NATO. It is an important member. It is an important ally of the United States, and was once a hated enemy. My Father fought the Germans in WWII, and now we are figting together. Why? Because Germany has an interest in fighting extremists, and an interest in behaving rationally and responsibly. Germany is not fighting for us, but with us. It is not our tool, it is our ally and friend. Let's hope that never changes. We saw that movie. It was horrible.

    April 16, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Horace

    Germany, as well as other ISAF nations, are not in Afghanistan for the sake of the United States. They are in Afghanistan for the sake of themselves. Believe it or not, Germany and the UK have actually suffered more attacks from terrorist organizations than the USA. The Germans have their own interests to represent. Fortunately, for the rest of the world, the US has been shouldering most of the burden.

    April 16, 2010 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. Iraq Paramedic

    Please GOD Bless & keep all soldiers all over the world who are in harms way, give rest & peace to those who have passed & comfort their families. In JESUS CHRIST's name I pray, AMEN.

    April 16, 2010 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. Peter

    After the United States, Germany has more soldiers in Afghanistan than any other nation and ranks among the best and well trained armys in the world.
    They are just another puppet of the politics like us.

    April 15, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Frederik

    What only some of Americans see, is that the Germans are walking on a thin line for more than sixty years now.
    After the horrors of WWII Germany had to commit itself to be as peaceful as possible and to never threaten the world again viciously.
    But even though they try to stick to their committment towards NATO and the US after 9/11.

    I think I can calm those, who think that Germany will now retreat out of Afghanistan. As long as this Chancellor is in command, the Bundeswehr will surely remain in Afghanistan, together with most of the other nations.
    But the discussion about this mission will always remain a harsh and critical one in Germany, due to their history.

    April 15, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Asrar

    Afghanistan is known for tit for tat revenge killings lasting several generations. Germany has just joined the club.

    Loss of loss is regretable be the deceased are Germans or Afghanis who the Germans killed a week or two ago.

    April 15, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Inga

    My heart goes out to the family and friends of these troops.

    April 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dsmith

    Finally the German people are starting to contribute to the collective security of the world. It's about time after we have been protecting them and enabling their recovery from WWII for the past 60 years. Hopefully, the Chanchellor won't back out like other European Countries and maybe she will commit more resources to the global fight against radical islam.

    April 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. michael

    what are the germans thinking? looks like we gotta train them

    April 15, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Warren Hoeffler

    Why is there a comment page on this article but none of the others posted today? There should be nothing controversial about this news. Germany has been an important ally for decades and has helped stabilize western efforts to establish democratic institutions. As Americans we express condolences for their loss, and express appreciation for standing shoulder to shoulder with all friends of democracy. Military action is deeply controversial in Germany, due to a commitment by its people to not believe too much in the importance of military action. I also agree with their opinion that better alternatives should be sought, and that mid-eastern peoples are not, and should not be, our enemies.

    April 15, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mark

    Rest in peace, brothers.

    -M

    April 15, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Alex Winter

    The religion of peace strikes again. I'm very sorry for the family members of the soldiers.

    April 15, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. asoldiersmother

    Keep ours and every other soldier in ours and your praiers.

    April 15, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Daniel

    What the Germans need to do is elect another Chancellor who puts Germany first and will not blindly take orders from the United States or any other NATO member.After all,these Germans were not fighting for Germany but for NATO and it's self interests.Better yet,Germany could try to broker some kind of a peace deal between NATO and the Taliban.

    April 15, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Sara Fine

    I very much dislike the use of "troops" to describe soldiers killed in battle. The description "4 troops killed" is dehumanizing. Let's just go back to saying "4 soldiers killed." The emotional impact of a person's death is so much more than the impact of a generic "troop."

    April 15, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  18. logiclol

    get out of afghanistan then.

    You won't lose troops.

    April 15, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  19. noel hensley

    Well,unfortunately,here goes another "ally" withdrawal!

    April 15, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  20. R.Meade

    R.I.P Soldiers.

    April 15, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  21. Jaimy

    R.I.P. You will not be forgotten!

    Damn extremist muslims...

    April 15, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  22. Steven Nguyen

    we have to win the mind of afganistan people. moreover, corruption,bribery have to be eliminate as less as possible. The reason i said that because bribery and corruption are in their blood, so can not stop in one day. Most of all, we stay strong.

    April 15, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  23. Abdulameer

    For what? So that the Afghan Moslems can practice their primitive and brutal Sharia law without the Taliban which wants still more primitive and brutal Sharia law? Non-Moslems have no business trying to remake the Islamic republic of Afghanistan into a western-style democracy. It cannot be done because the doctrines of Islam do not permit it. Our only interest there is to prevent the place from becoming a base for international Islamic terrorism.

    April 15, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  24. Chuck F

    I guess now the Germans will turn tail and run.

    April 15, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |