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New rules let Germans in Afghanistan Start Shooting

New rules let Germans in Afghanistan stop shouting and start shooting
29 July, 2009 03:25:00

The Times

Roger Boyes in Berlin

Taleban insurgents fighting German forces in northern Afghanistan have often lived to fight another day thanks to trilingual warnings that have to be shouted out before the men from the Bundeswehr can squeeze their triggers.

The seven-page pocket guide to combat tucked into the breast pocket of every German soldier offers such instructions as: “Before opening fire you are expected to declare loudly, in English, ‘United Nations — stop, or I will fire,” followed by a version in Pashtu — Melgaero Mellatuna- Dreesch, ka ne se dasee kawum!”

You can just see it . Sat in the corner of some Kneiper, a couple of old farts chatting away.

Fritz: "So, Hans our Kinder are getting to do ze slotting in Afghanistan"

Hans: "Ja! It is so like ze olt days...aber will it be as good as ve had it?"

Fritz: " Ja, in our day ve did not vorn zem....."


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