German lawmakers call for NATO-tied probe

German lawmakers call for NATO-tied probe

Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:11AM GMT

German opposition lawmakers have called for an investigation into reports that the country’s army and foreign intelligence agency contributed to a NATO list of targets in Afghanistan.

The MPs made the call on Tuesday. Citing NATO documents, German magazine Der Spiegel and Bild newspaper reported that Germany was among the countries that added names of insurgents to the US-led military alliance’s Joint Prioritized Effects List.

Germany had the third-largest contingent of troops participating in NATO’s US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) for Afghanistan.

Germany’s participation in the mission was questioned by many in the country, partly because it was seen as a return to Germany’s militaristic past.

Jan van Aken, a lawmaker for the Left Party, called for a “comprehensive investigation” into whether information provided by the army or BND, the foreign intelligence agency, was used to kill specific individuals without trial.

“There needs to be swift clarity on whether the German army or the BND participated in targeted killings as part of the ISAF mission,” Green Party lawmaker Agnieszka Brugger said.

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