Help Will Be Provided To Local Staff: Germany Amid Afghan Withdrawal

Kabul: In the amidst of military troops of the US and NATO withdrawing from Afghanistan by September 11, the German defense minister has stated that help will be provided to potentially endangered Afghan employees of her country’s military as it prepares to leave Afghanistan after nearly 20 years.

Germany currently has approximately 1,000 troops participating in the mission there, and at least 300 local employees.

Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said that she wants to get employees who may face danger if they remain in Afghanistan to Germany quickly. “We are talking here about people who in some cases have worked for years by our side, at danger to their own safety, also have fought with us and made their personal contribution,” she said. “I see it as a deep obligation for … Germany not to leave these people behind unprotected now that we are finally leaving the country.
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Germany plans to set up an office in Kabul and probably also one in Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan to help process cases. Germany already has a procedure to allow in some Afghan employees, under which the Defense Ministry reports 781 have been taken in since 2013. However, there have been some disputed cases.

“From my point of view, we have a changed situation because we are not talking about the rearrangement of a mission but about the end,” Kramp-Karrenbauer said. “And that possibly means a different security situation and a different evaluation.”

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