Europe must prepare for a new wave of refugees, warns a commander from Afghanistan. Now Germany still has the chance to take action against it.
Kabul / Berlin – The current turnaround in Afghanistan as a result of the withdrawal of the US armed forces horrifies the world public. The governments of the NATO allies evidently did not expect the Taliban’s swift wave of recaptures. One of the questions that citizens in Germany and elsewhere are asking: To what extent are new flows of refugees from the country in the Hindu Kush paving their way abroad, in search of more security and a better life?
Afghanistan: Commander warns Germany of new flows of refugees
Ahmad Massoud, commander of the anti-Taliban coalition “National Resistance Front of Afghanistan”, holds countries like Germany responsible in the ARD. You should work with the Islamists who have come to power to find a solution that will enable a peaceful life in Afghanistan. Otherwise, developments similar to those of a few years ago, when many people left the country and large numbers of refugees * reached Europe, threatened.
“There are millions who will flee from Afghanistan across the national borders to Iran, Pakistan and other areas. And they are on their way to the West and Europe, ”said Massoud. In his opinion, it would be wiser for countries like Germany to invest money in diplomatic efforts with the Taliban *, otherwise the bill will end up being much more expensive.
“With a fraction of the funds they spend on the refugees in their country, with some political pressure and with the support of the resistance, they can actually achieve a lasting peace,” Massoud appealed in the TV magazine “Kontraste”.
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In Massoud’s view, the West should put pressure on the Taliban to end the violence and accept a broad, inclusive government. The fact that this endeavor is not easy, however, is also due to the striving for power of various groups in the 38 million-inhabitant country *.
There are indications that the Taliban have made the path from a radical Islamist association to a more moderate, moderate group. For example, the fighters set up a complaint hotline for Kabul * on WhatsApp. However, Massoud’s statements show concern. It is clear to him that the Taliban still follow their traditional roots today. He demanded: “You cannot establish a fanatical, extremist ideology. They have to accept that there have been many changes and that they have to respect women’s rights, human rights. ”
In a recent interview *, an expert commented on the Islamists’ Taliban promises and explained their structures.
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In Afghanistan there are different tribes and ethnic groups that fight for influence and are sometimes enemies with one another. Massoud’s Tajiks have formed the “National Resistance Front,” while the majority of the Taliban are allegedly Pashtun. Massoud is the son of a Tajik fighter who was revered as a war hero and killed by al-Qaeda in 2001. The home of the Tajiks is the Pandschir Valley, the planned capture of which the Taliban apparently gritted their teeth to to this day *:
Heated debates * about the admission of refugees from Afghanistan have long broken out in German politics. In the green-black coalition of Baden-Württemberg there is a dispute over a planned state program. It is about a request from the Green Country Leader Oliver Hildebrand, who wants to bring significantly more people from Afghanistan to the state than originally planned. (PF) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.