Germany's top military figure, General Wolfgang Schneiderhan, has resigned over allegations of a cover-up connected to a Nato air strike in Afghanistan on 4 September. The strike killed dozens of civilians in Kunduz even as it was targeting Taliban rebels who’d hijacked fuel tankers. A second senior defence ministry official, Peter Wichert, also resigned. The announcement came as Germany's parliament debated whether to extend its military mission in Afghanistan, against growing domestic opposition. Germany now has more than 4,000 troops in Afghanistan, the third largest contingent after the US and Britain. This troop commitment is the furthest-reaching stationing of troops by Germany since World War II. For more, read the BBC
Some firing squads are all issued with blank cartridges with the exception of one person. This helps alleviate personal responsibility for the execution squad.