German Minister Steps Down Over Afghan Raid

Friday, November 27, 2009

German Labor Minister Franz Josef Jung resigned his post Friday, saying he accepted responsibility for accusations the military withheld information about an airstrike in Afghanistan.

The September airstrike was intended to destroy tanker trucks hijacked by Taliban insurgents, but a number of civilians were also killed in the raid. The New York Times reports that Jung, who served as Germany's Defense Minister at the time, repeatedly claimed that only militants had been killed.

Now, Jung says he had received classified information that civilians were killed in the attack, but he did not release the information because it was not "concrete."

Jung's political opponents and the German press had been calling for his resignation. His role in the aftermath of the raid seemed to be too much of a distraction for Chancellor Angela Merkel's administration.

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