German army "horrified" over reckless driving of soldiers in Afghanistan
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Berlin, Jan 5, IRNA
The German army is reportedly "horrified" over the reckless driving of its soldiers in Afghanistan, causing numerous bad accidents in the war-stricken country, the weekly Der Spiegel news magazine cited Saturday an internal document of the German Defense Ministry.
According to the report, the "driving conduct" of German troops is "horrifying."
Trying to evade terrorist attacks, military drivers are often speeding through streets leading to a "massive" accident risk and a worsening of the anti-German mood among Afghans.
Many soldiers have not been trained to drive military vehicles like the 'Dingo' armored personnel carrier before starting the Afghanistan mission since Germany lacks the necessary exercise equipment in Germany.
Meanwhile, 'Dingo' manufacturer, Kraus Maffei, has agreed to allocate a number of its vehicles for training purposes in Germany.
Around 100 'Dingos' were sent to Afghanistan last year, according to Der Spiegel.
Some 3,500 German troops are deployed in mainly northern Afghanistan as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
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