Germany tells its citizens to leave Afghanistan

German soldiers line up for the final roll call in front of an German armed forces Bundeswehr Airbus A400M cargo plane after returning from Afghanistan. — Reuters file
German soldiers line up for the final roll call in front of an German armed forces Bundeswehr Airbus A400M cargo plane after returning from Afghanistan. — Reuters file

Berlin - Defence minister rejects calls for Berlin to send soldiers back to Afghanistan



By Reuters

Published: Thu 12 Aug 2021, 6:58 PM

Germany urged its citizens on Thursday to leave Afghanistan on scheduled flights as soon as they can due to the deteriorating security situation.

Taliban fighters captured the strategic city of Ghazni on Thursday, taking them to within 150km of Kabul following days of fierce clashes as the group ruled out sharing power with the government based there.

The speed and violence of the Taliban advance has sparked anger among many Afghans over US President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw US troops and leave the government to fight alone.

“German nationals on the ground are strongly urged to take opportunities to leave the country on scheduled flights as soon as possible,” the Foreign Ministry said on its website.

The defence minister on Monday rejected calls for Berlin to send soldiers back to Afghanistan after the insurgents took Kunduz, the city where German troops were deployed for a decade.

Germany had the second largest military contingent in Afghanistan after the United States, and lost more troops in combat in Kunduz than anywhere else since World War Two.


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