Afghanistan: Germany announces having completed the withdrawal of its troops

The United States must leave the country by September 11.

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Germany has completed the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan, which began in May, the German Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday (June 29th). The US military must leave this country by September 11. The last soldiers were transported by four military planes from the Marmal field camp in Mazâr-e Charîf. These were two German A400 M transport planes and two American C17 planes.

“After almost 20 years of deployment, the last soldiers of our Bundeswehr left Afghanistan this evening. They are now on their way home”, Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer explained in a statement. Until the start of their withdrawal in May, the German contingent still numbered some 1,100 soldiers operating as part of the International Security Assistance Force and Resolute Support missions. According to the Bundeswehr, 59 German soldiers were killed during the military operation that began in 2001.

The German armed forces recently had to speed up the withdrawal significantly after the US administration of President Joe Biden accelerated their own withdrawal of troops stationed in that country for 20 years. The United States thus lobbied for a withdrawal of international troops before July 4, the American national holiday.

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