Germany's new Defence Minister has tried to smooth the waters after tough talk from her predecessor towards Britain and France.
Gun manufacturers have fallen short in their efforts to replace the controversial G36 model. Defense Minister Ursula von Der Leyen's plan to phase in a new weapon has been delayed by eight months.
The fire, started by Germany's military testing rockets in the area, was expected to take a week to extinguish, an on-site firefighter told DW. Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen visited the region to see for herself.
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen is touring the ranks of the Bundeswehr this summer. But some of the military hardware she is admiring, like the NH90 helicopter, has seen more ground time than flight time.
Ursula von der Leyen is fighting on many fronts. Her Christmas visit to German troops stationed in Afghanistan highlighted her tension with the military and Berlin. DW's Udo Bauer reports from Mazar-i-Sharif.
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