Chancellor Angela Merkel visits a memorial to the 50 German soldiers who have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001
German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits a memorial to fallen soldiers with Bundeswehr General Inspector Volker Wieker (L) and Commandant Erich Pfeffer (R) at the German base in Masar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, on March 12, 2012. Merkel arrived in Afghanistan for a surprise visit on Monday, with tensions running high a day after a US soldier went on a rampage, killing 16 villagers.