It is now clear that the Bundeswehr will withdraw its troops. The German airlift is supposed to end.
- According to media reports, the German airlift to Afghanistan will end much earlier than expected.
- It was already known that the USA would end its evacuation mission by August 31, 2021. Without the United States, there will be no extension.
- Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday that it was almost impossible to fly out everyone who you want to help in the remaining time.
Update from August 25, 10:50 a.m .: Russia sends four military transport planes to Afghanistan to rescue more than 500 people from different countries. The Ministry of Defense announced this on Wednesday, according to the Tass state agency. In addition to Russians, citizens from Ukraine, Belarus and the Central Asian republics of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan are to be taken out of Afghanistan during the large evacuation mission, it said.
Moscow has long been in negotiations with the militant Islamist Taliban, a terrorist organization that is banned in Russia. The Russian embassy in Kabul will not be evacuated in Moscow, according to earlier information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. At her meeting with Putin last Friday, Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Russia to help bring people from Afghanistan to safety. The Kremlin chief recently warned several times that there could be terrorists among Afghan refugees who might want to get abroad under the guise of political asylum. Putin spoke of a “real danger”.
ARD reports tragic news for many: German Afghanistan airlift is to end much earlier than expected
Update from August 25, 10:30 a.m .: There are now reports that the evacuation flights of the German armed forces on the Tashkent-Kabul-Tashkent route could end on Wednesday (August 25). That comes from information of the ARD. According to this, several sources confirmed this. Previously, the mission was said to end on Friday or Saturday (see first report). This means tragic news for many who are still waiting for German help in Afghanistan. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas had already declared on Tuesday that it was almost impossible to fly out everyone who you want to help in the remaining time.
First report from August 25th, 9.45 a.m .:
Kabul / Berlin – The Bundeswehr apparently wants to end its evacuation mission from Kabul by the weekend. That reports Business Insider as well as the imageNewspaper citing safety circles. That would mean an end to the Afghanistan Airlift * in just a few days. The Ministry of Defense did not want to confirm reports that the airlift is expected to end on Friday. He could “neither confirm nor deny” media reports about a possible point in time, said a ministry spokesman on Wednesday, according to Agence France-Press.
Even the chairman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group in the Foreign Affairs Committee, Roderich Kiesewetter (CDU), could not confirm the end of the flights on Friday. It is clear, however, that if the USA withdraws on August 31, their partners would have to leave Afghanistan two to three days in advance, he said on Wednesday in the ZDF “Morgenmagazin”. That is why it is very important that local Afghan workers * can also leave the country afterwards. It is therefore a matter of negotiating with the radical Islamic Taliban.
The foreign policy spokesman for the Union faction, Jürgen Hardt (CDU), did not want to confirm an end to the Bundeswehr airlift this week. “It remains our goal to carry out this operation as long as possible in order to evacuate as many people as possible in the direction of Uzbekistan,” said Hardt on Südwestrundfunk. The discussions on this took place at all levels.
Afghanistan: End of the airlift – Bundeswehr should withdraw troops by the weekend
It is already known that the US will continue to withdraw its troops by next Tuesday (August 31, 2021). This was announced by US President Joe Biden on Tuesday after a special meeting of the G7 countries. There will be no extension of the evacuation mission without the United States. Chancellor Angela Merkel had already declared this on Tuesday after the G7 summit.
From circles of the Ministry of Defense and the Foreign Office Business Insider apparently found out that the German airlift should end on Friday – then the last plane from Kabul should fly to Tashkent in Uzbekistan. France wants to end its evacuation from Afghanistan on Thursday. According to US data, the United States and its allies have so far brought around 28,000 people outside the country. According to the Defense Ministry, the Bundeswehr evacuated a total of 4,654 people from Afghanistan by Wednesday morning. On Tuesday, 983 people were flown out in five flights. The evacuation flights continued on Wednesday. (aka) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.
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