Sport Mission in Afghanistan: Bundeswehr withdraws from Kunduz

21:50  24 november  2020
21:50  24 november  2020 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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The German Bundeswehr is in Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF. German troops killed some 20 Taliban fighters during an offensive in Kunduz province in July. The Bundeswehr jets were initially deployed to protect ISAF troops, as well as civilian aid

The Bundeswehr had been engaged in Afghanistan for 13 years. Now that the German armed forces are withdrawing from the war-torn country, Afghanistan 's future The German forces ended their mission in Kunduz in October 2013. Some 4,200 soldiers were stationed in the country until recently.

For the Bundeswehr, Kunduz in Afghanistan will soon be history. The German soldiers are brought back to the main camp near Mazar-i-Sharif.

In Kundus geht es ans Zusammenpacken © Photo: dpa Packing up in Kunduz

The Bundeswehr is giving up its permanent presence in Kunduz, Afghanistan. A Bundeswehr spokesman confirmed on Tuesday that the last 100 women and men from Camp Pamir are returning to the NATO main camp near Mazar-i-Sharif. The training of the 217th Afghan Army Corps continues, however, and the German camp as part of the Afghan "Camp Pamir" will remain in place for the time being. If necessary, instructors will in future be flown in by helicopter.

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The Bundeswehr currently has around 1,200 soldiers stationed in Afghanistan , part of NATO's Resolute Support mission , though the whole operation was thrown into uncertainty in late December, when news reports from the US suggested that President Donald Trump was planning to withdraw

The 2009 Kunduz airstrike took place on Friday 4 September 2009 at roughly 2:30 am local time, 7 km (4.3 mi) southwest of Kunduz City, Kunduz province in northern Afghanistan , near the hamlets of Omar Kheil by the border of the Chahar Dara and Ali Abad districts.

The trigger, about which the "Bild" newspaper first reported, has nothing to do with the announcement by the outgoing US President Donald Trump that the US troop presence in Afghanistan will be reduced faster than planned. Rather, it is part of the regular withdrawal plan that the NATO high command of Operation "Resolute Support" had already drawn up in the fall. The peace agreement between the Afghan government and the Taliban provides for the withdrawal of foreign troops by April 2021.

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Bundeswehr 's Afghan mission sparked some criticism in Germany. "The security of the Federal Republic This was the beginning of Bundeswehr 's active involvement in the war in Afghanistan and the As part of NATO's plan to withdraw its combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014

Bundeswehr troops have officially handed over command of their base at Kunduz in northern All of the 900 Bundeswehr troops remaining in Kunduz are to have withdrawn from the camp by the The mission in Afghanistan has dominated German politics like no other intervention in the last few years.

The Bundeswehr is already preparing the evacuation in Mazar-i-Sharif. It is unclear, however, whether it will have to go faster than originally planned. The allies are dependent on certain capabilities of the US troops, such as air support or reconnaissance. So far it is not clear what effect Trump's withdrawal order has on this dependency. Should the Americans withdraw critical skills, the Bundeswehr would also have to accelerate their withdrawal.

Kunduz has long been a symbolic place for the Bundeswehr. She had evacuated the former main camp in 2013. In 2018, a small contingent of trainers and their support units returned to the vicinity of the old location. The German satellite camp is now located in the middle of the Afghan army camp and next to a US army base. It had been attacked several times by the Taliban with rockets and mortars, but fortunately the attacks had no consequences.

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