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Crash Spotlights German Role in Afghanistan, Iraq

The death of seven German soldiers in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan comes as Germany prepares to take a lead role in the peacekeeping mission there. But Germany remains cool -- though perhaps resigned -- to a possible U.S.-led attack on Iraq. Hear from NPR's Liane Hansen and NPR's Emily Harris.

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Liane Hansen
Liane Hansen has been the host of NPR's award-winning Weekend Edition Sunday for 20 years. She brings to her position an extensive background in broadcast journalism, including work as a radio producer, reporter, and on-air host at both the local and national level. The program has covered such breaking news stories as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the capture of Saddam Hussein, the deaths of Princess Diana and John F. Kennedy, Jr., and the Columbia shuttle tragedy. In 2004, Liane was granted an exclusive interview with former weapons inspector David Kay prior to his report on the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The show also won the James Beard award for best radio program on food for a report on SPAM.
International Correspondent Emily Harris is based in Jerusalem as part of NPR's Mideast team. Her post covers news related to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. She began this role in March of 2013.