The BND apparently predicted the takeover of power by the Taliban eight months ago – and demanded help for the local staff. Without success.
Berlin / Kabul – The militant Islamist Taliban recaptured Afghanistan within a few days. After the troops withdrew from the country, the situation has culminated in a downright disaster in the last few days. While local people fear for their lives, in Germany, around 5,000 kilometers away, reappraisal and blame begin. The criticism of the federal government is getting louder. An explosive report also pours fuel on the fire.
Afghanistan: BND warned of the collapse of the country – and takeover of the Taliban
The Federal Intelligence Service (BND) has apparently warned the federal government of the collapse of the Afghan state * for many years. The foreign intelligence service has repeatedly submitted analyzes that neither the Afghan military nor the politicians are set up in such a way that they can function over the long term, reported the mirrors on Thursday. However, the officials in the responsible ministries were hardly heard, it said, citing information from security circles.
Several employees familiar with the processes reported to the magazine about “sometimes frustrating moments”. The officials of the service gave their most negative assessment to date in December 2020, eight months before the conquest of Kabul. Under the catchphrase “Emirate 2.0”, the BND predicted the takeover of power by the radical Islamists. However, the officials were unable to name a specific point in time in the report. It was also said that the Taliban would forego a military conflict. However, a withdrawal of international soldiers could accelerate the Taliban’s campaign of conquest.
Afghanistan: BND apparently asked for help for local staff
Overall, the danger is real. Therefore, the BND also urgently asked to include as many Afghan employees of the German foreign intelligence service as possible in the protection program for local workers so that they could leave the country for Germany. Little has happened, however. The Greens had applied for a group process for the “generous reception of local Afghan workers”. The application was rejected in June – “as a matter of principle,” as CDU MP Roderich Kiesewetter revealed.
The federal government is still busy rescuing people from Afghanistan in the evening hours of Thursday (August 19). The situation at Kabul airport remains tense. The criticism of dealing with the local staff is meanwhile growing louder *. Heike Hänsel, deputy chairman of the left-wing parliamentary group in the Bundestag, finds it “shameful how the federal government has literally let the Afghan local staff down.” Merkur.de.
Afghanistan: US secret services also warned – Interior Committee in the Bundestag
Meanwhile, critics are not only holding Germany responsible, but the West in general. There is also a debate about blame in the United States. Did President Joe Biden misjudge the situation *? According to a report in the US intelligence analysis, the New York Times alleged that the Taliban learned from taking over the country in the 1990s. This time the Islamists would first secure the border crossings, take provincial capitals under their power and take large parts of the north of the country before they would advance on Kabul. The more cities fell into the hands of the Islamists, the faster it could collapse. The prognosis was correct.
The BND and the federal government came under cross-party criticism for their poor preparation for the Taliban’s takeover of power. In the meantime, questions arose as to how well informed the BND was. There were reports that the Federal Intelligence Service considered a takeover of the Taliban to be “rather unlikely” *. On Thursday, the Interior Committee and the Parliamentary Control Committee met for special sessions in the German Bundestag. A parliamentary committee of inquiry is also being discussed. According to information from the German Press Agency, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) * will make a government declaration on Afghanistan in the Bundestag on August 25. (as) *Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA