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First name:  Christian

Last name:  Struwe

  • Gender:  Male
  • Job:  Freelance
  • Media outlet:  Deutsche Welle
  • Type of media:  radio
  • Born:  1968 Germany

  • Died:  7 Oct 2006 Afghanistan
  • War zone:  yes
  • Impunity: total


Shot with a colleague, Karen Fisher, on their way to Bamiyan to do a documentary on the destruction by the Taliban in 2001 of the giant buddhas there. They were attacked in their tent after they stopped for the night in Baghlan province, north of Kabul. Their vehicle was also shot up. Police found six suspects. The motive did not seem to be theft as nothing was stolen.

  • Afghanistan - 2001-06: NATO invasion
  • After the 11 September attacks in the United States, the US began a new war in Afghanistan, helped by the Islamic rebel Northern Alliance, and overthrew the Taliban after a few months. But lawlessness persisted in areas not controlled by the new regime and the new occupiers came under attack. NATO took control on 11 August 2003 of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), which involves 37 countries and aims to extend the authority of the central government and help rebuild the country. The situation deteriorated in 2005 and the Taliban, with the help of foreign volunteers, reestablished themselves. Nearly 4,000 people were killed in 2006 and two-thirds of the population of Kabul were made homeless.

  • Afghanistan - Taliban
  • The Taliban are Sunni Islamic fundamentalists who appeared in Afghanistan in October 1994 with the goal of restoring Islamic morals and justice, based on divine law as interpreted and enforced by them.


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