US officers in Afghanistan drunk during airstrike

This video about Kunduz, Afghanistan is called NATO Airstrike Kills 90, Including About 40 Civilians.

From the South Asian News Agency:

Alcohol banned on Afghanistan base

KABUL: The head of the international forces in Afghanistan has banned alcohol at its headquarters after troops were found to be too drunk or hungover to respond quickly to news of a deadly air strike.

General Stanley McChrystal tried to contact his subordinates after a Nato strike killed 125 civilians, but too many had been “partying it up” and could not be raised.

General McChrystal, head of International Forces in Afghanistan (Isaf), has since put a stop to drinking, admonishing staff for not having “their heads in the right place” on Friday morning a few hours after the attack, the Times reports.

The diktat means that the coffee shops and bars where commanders used to be able to enjoy a beer or three will now be dry.

The Isaf headquarters covers half a square mile but it has at least seven bars that serve tax-free beer and wine including a Tora Bora sports bar complete with flat-screen televisions and football memorabilia, the Gravel Pit, which has a snooker table, a German beer hall, the 37 Club and a Nordic Palace, the paper reports.

Despite ban, alcohol reaches U.S. bases in Afghanistan: here.

Contractors outnumber US troops in Afghanistan: report: here.

Suicidal soldiers will speak out as part of a Liverpool art installation, which examines the effects of war on servicemen and their families. Up to ten soldiers who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan are taking part in the project, which is entitled “War Veteran’s Vehicle”: here.

Britain: A majority of parents do not support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a survey by the National Army Museum has revealed: here.

Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called for his country’s troops to be pulled out of Afghanistan: here.

A top German general has described a NATO air strike that killed up to 40 Afghan civilians as “appropriate”: here.

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