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German Forces Launch Offensive in Northern Afghanistan
The Weekly Standard ^

Posted on 08/02/2009 10:28:41 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

Several hundred Bundeswehr soldiers, backed by heavy “Marder” tanks and fighter jets, are currently helping about 1,200 Afghan National Army forces conduct major anti-terrorist operations near the Taliban stronghold of Chahar Dara, southwest of the city of Kunduz, where the bulk of Germany’s roughly 4,000 troops are stationed.

The fighting--which started on Sunday and involves looking for Taliban / Al Qaeda fighters “village by village and house by house”--is expected to go on until at least next week.

The Bundeswehr soldiers are part of the German-led NATO Quick Reaction Force (QRF), which provides force protection and serves as emergency back-up for Alliance troops.

Finally, as German media have pointed out, the current Afghanistan offensive marks the first time since the end of WW II that Germany’s soldiers are again involved in major ground combat operations.

(Excerpt) Read more at weeklystandard.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Germany; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; allies; allygermany; german; germantroops; germany; nato; warinafghanistan; willingcoalition
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1 posted on 08/02/2009 10:28:41 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Go.


2 posted on 08/02/2009 10:31:00 PM PDT by allmost
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To: MinorityRepublican

3 posted on 08/02/2009 10:31:34 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

German Army launches offensive... There was a time when those four words were the cause of real alarm in this world.


4 posted on 08/02/2009 10:33:07 PM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: MinorityRepublican

They’re actually being sent in to fight?

Catch me Thurston! I thought the objective of all Old Europe contingents in Afghanistan was to strenuously avoid the possibility of actually getting shot!


5 posted on 08/02/2009 10:34:37 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: MinorityRepublican

German troops in combat in Chara Dara

6 posted on 08/02/2009 10:34:41 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: allmost

I wonder if this is their biggest operation since...you know...The Big One.


7 posted on 08/02/2009 10:34:46 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: MinorityRepublican
Eisen Kreutz!
8 posted on 08/02/2009 10:35:38 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Panzer kommen!

Erhalten Sie einiges!
(That’s as close to “GET SOME!” that altavista will give me.)


9 posted on 08/02/2009 10:35:59 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (We're definitely in the Rise of the Empire era, but is Obama Valorum or Palpatine?)
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To: xkaydet65
German Army launches offensive

Last one they launched was the Battle of the Bulge.

10 posted on 08/02/2009 10:37:23 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ("men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters." -- Edmund Burke)
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To: MinorityRepublican

If manufacturing suddenly increases in the Ruhr Vally, begin to panic!


11 posted on 08/02/2009 10:37:33 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Is that an mg 44 that Kraut is holding? Best MG ever produced in WW2 and I guess it still may be.


12 posted on 08/02/2009 10:40:42 PM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: sinanju
Catch me Thurston! I thought the objective of all Old Europe contingents in Afghanistan was to strenuously avoid the possibility of actually getting shot!

The times are changing.......it's coming to a point that even Old Europe cannot ignore the elephant in the living room.

13 posted on 08/02/2009 10:40:42 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

The ones who will stand up to the Islamaists are the same ones who saved Europe in 1683 AD. Germans, Austrians, Poles and northern Italians.

The other good thing is all these countries do not elect Muslims to run their countries.


14 posted on 08/02/2009 10:44:14 PM PDT by Frantzie (Lou Dobbs - American Hero! Bill O'Reilly = Liar)
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To: MinorityRepublican

United Nations! Halt or I will open fire!

(Repeats in Dari)

(Repeats in Pashto)

You could make a Monty Python skit about it. In fact, Im amazed noone has.


15 posted on 08/02/2009 10:45:08 PM PDT by ketelone
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To: The Antiyuppie

Hey, Im glad that this is all their biggest offensive is.

Its lucky noone in Berlin got the idea, that a quite ride over to Paris in a Leopard II is just the ticket to boost the German army’s morale.

Heck, they could even save some money on ordnance! I hear some of the landmines in the beaches in Normandy still work! German made- built to last!


16 posted on 08/02/2009 10:47:38 PM PDT by ketelone
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To: xkaydet65

Heckler und Koch MG3 theyre called, nowadays.


17 posted on 08/02/2009 10:49:23 PM PDT by ketelone
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To: ketelone
Heckler und Koch MG3 theyre called, nowadays.

The US Military would be better off getting rid of M16 and switch to H & K.

18 posted on 08/02/2009 10:57:06 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: xkaydet65

That would be a variant of it... Watch out MUZZIES the Germans tend to fight with some spirit.


19 posted on 08/02/2009 11:02:02 PM PDT by crazydad (=============)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Contrary to the article, the “Marder,” which is pictured, is not a tank but is an infantry fighting vehicle, similar in concept to the US Bradley IFV. The current German heavy tank is the Leopard.


20 posted on 08/02/2009 11:02:52 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: crazydad
That would be a variant of it... Watch out MUZZIES the Germans tend to fight with some spirit.

At some point, the pandora's box will be opened again.

21 posted on 08/02/2009 11:06:47 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: sinanju

The Dutch and the Danes have had some very spirited firefights with the ragheads and done quite well. There’s a lot of good feeling in both nations over the performance of their troops.


22 posted on 08/02/2009 11:09:08 PM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: MinorityRepublican
backed by heavy “Marder” tanks

It's not a heavy tank; it isn't really even a tank. It's an APC.

23 posted on 08/02/2009 11:18:49 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla
German Army launches offensive
Last one they launched was the Battle of the Bulge.

No, operation Northwind against the US 7th Army was later (January 1 - 25, 1945).

24 posted on 08/02/2009 11:28:50 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: PAR35

And the Lake balaton offensive in Hungary was even later (March 1945).

Didn’t get very far.


25 posted on 08/02/2009 11:40:11 PM PDT by Poundstone
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To: MinorityRepublican

26 posted on 08/02/2009 11:53:40 PM PDT by libh8er
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To: MinorityRepublican
German invasion of Afghanistan


27 posted on 08/02/2009 11:55:37 PM PDT by libh8er
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To: libh8er

You gotta love their uniforms, I admit.


28 posted on 08/03/2009 12:04:09 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

I wonder if they are actually prepared to shoot now. Up until now they have had orders to only defend themselves.


29 posted on 08/03/2009 12:32:59 AM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: Minn

Deep down the German Soldier will fight and fight hard. History has shown this to be a fact. Its time for Germany to wake out of their 60 year nap and march onto the world stage. The day will come when the name Germany will cause nations to tremble once again. “DER TAG” is coming.


30 posted on 08/03/2009 12:41:20 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Rockingham
Further to our store of arcana, "marder" is the German word for weasel, a critter with which I am regrettably intimately familiar. Every morning we find what looks like bear scat on our stoop. The damned varmits get into car engine compartments and chew through every bit of rubber on the engine block.


31 posted on 08/03/2009 2:12:42 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade
"The day will come when the name Germany will cause nations to tremble once again."

Hopefully you are only predicting that the German government is someday going to go into the vibrating bed business.

I'm quite sure that there still remain among us a few elderly orphan Jews, and others, who still tremble in private moments when they find themselves reviewing and reflecting on their early, dreadful, memories.

32 posted on 08/03/2009 2:13:38 AM PDT by LZ_Bayonet (There's Always Something.............And there's always something worse!)
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To: nathanbedford

At least weasels like to eat an even worse varmint: rodents.

By the way, a friend of mine is a direct descendant of Nathan B. Forrest.


33 posted on 08/03/2009 2:38:00 AM PDT by Rockingham
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To: xkaydet65

Is that an mg 44 that Kraut is holding? Best MG ever produced in WW2 and I guess it still may be.

Its a MG3 - at heart a MG42 chambered for 7.62 Nato round


34 posted on 08/03/2009 4:08:37 AM PDT by njslim
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To: MinorityRepublican

Marder is an MICV, not a tank.

Still a very nasty piece of kit though.


35 posted on 08/03/2009 5:34:55 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: Poundstone
And the Lake balaton offensive in Hungary was even later (March 1945).

Thanks. I'm significantly weaker on the Eastern Front than I am in the West.

36 posted on 08/03/2009 5:56:32 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: LZ_Bayonet

Lets hope that the nations doing the trembling are islamic or undemocratic when they hear the name Germany.


37 posted on 08/03/2009 6:31:29 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Bttt


38 posted on 08/03/2009 9:51:38 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

bttt


39 posted on 08/03/2009 10:17:59 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Upon reading that headline Poland suddenly started getting nervous...


40 posted on 08/03/2009 10:22:33 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: MinorityRepublican

as a vet...You must respect an enemy that is willing to go toe to toe with ya.

I imagine the Taliban saying

oh sh@t the Germans are coming.....


41 posted on 08/03/2009 10:24:44 AM PDT by OL Hickory (I AM JIM THOMPSON!!)
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To: OL Hickory
Mr Taliban says: "Achtung Panzer!"

Send in the Tiger tanks!!!
42 posted on 08/03/2009 10:27:51 AM PDT by The Louiswu (I live vicariously, through myself.)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

I think you nailed it: They are waking up from a coma.....they will soon be the superpower they once were. Hopefully our Der Fuhrer will get along with their Der Fuhrer.

Germans are the smartest people in the world. Period. This is not even up for debate.


43 posted on 08/03/2009 10:28:25 AM PDT by AdamBomb
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

I agree completely, especially considering how much the US dollar and US treasury notes are going to drop in value after Obama’s tenure. As much as it pains me to say it, but I could see the Euro and German bonds becoming more of a cornerstone of international finance (instead of US instruments) post-Obama, unless something drastic changes in the 2010 elections.


44 posted on 08/03/2009 10:30:41 AM PDT by ksm1
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To: MinorityRepublican

What the Taliban and al-Quaeda need is an old-fashioned Blitzkrieg. They’ll never know what hit them.


45 posted on 08/03/2009 10:31:09 AM PDT by Cecily
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To: MinorityRepublican

“At some point, the pandora’s box will be opened again. “

So long as they’re with the good guys, I say fling that box open!


46 posted on 08/03/2009 10:36:26 AM PDT by ScottinVA
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To: MinorityRepublican

Ach du lieber Gott!! Kommt der Reichwehr!!


47 posted on 08/03/2009 10:38:39 AM PDT by ScottinVA
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To: MinorityRepublican

Marder’s ain’t tanks, they’re APCs.

Other than that, best wishes for the Wehrmacht, uh, I mean Bundeswehr. Give the Talibunnies Hell.


48 posted on 08/03/2009 10:39:08 AM PDT by Little Ray (Do we have a Plan B?)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Macht der Sieg ueber die muslimen!


49 posted on 08/03/2009 10:40:37 AM PDT by ScottinVA
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To: RedRover; jazusamo; Girlene; 4woodenboats; Grimmy; xzins; smoothsailing; lilycicero; bigheadfred; ..

(( ping ))

Well, this seemed to come out of nowhere...


50 posted on 08/03/2009 10:41:41 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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