Merkel is defiant after criticism of Germany over airstrike Alcohol ‘was not a factor in the strike itself’
Fury: General Stanley McChrystal has banned alcohol at the International Forces in Afghanistan headquarters
Alcohol has been banned from Nato’s headquarters in Afghanistan in the wake of an airstrike that killed up to 70 civilians.
US General Stanley McChrystal, head of the International Forces in Afghanistan (Isaf), decided to bar boozing after launching an investigation into the bombing in northern Afghanistan. Staff at the Kabul headquarters were ‘either drunk or too hungover’ to answer his questions. He slammed forces for ‘partying it up’ as German Chancellor Angela Merkel also found herself under attack for the strike. The command to drop two 500lb bombs on two fuel tankers hijacked by the Taliban came from Germany, while American pilots carried it out.