CONFLICT. A view of Hamid Karzai International Airport after the Taliban took control of Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2021.

The German army began on Monday an operation to evacuate its citizens who remain in Afghanistan; along with what could be thousands of Afghan staff members, activists and lawyers and their families.

Because it is important? In the midst of the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, thousands of people are trying to flee out of fear of violence and to avoid retaliation. The German Defense Ministry said that two military planes were sent to the city to transport people to Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan.

  • Once in Tashkent, the evacuees are expected to be picked up by civilian planes. However, the main difficulty is at the Kabul airport, where hundreds of people stormed on Monday.
  • Up to 10,000 people could be evacuated, Chancellor Angela Merkel told her party leaders on Monday.
  • They include some 2,500 Afghans who had worked with Germany and up to 2,000 human rights activists and lawyers who may be in danger, along with their families.

What do they say? “We are prepared for extreme conditions and our goal is, whenever conditions allow, to get as many people out of Afghanistan as possible,” Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told reporters Sunday night.

  • Merkel assured that “internal political reasons” in the United States were partly to blame for the situation, according to the AFP news agency. He added that the withdrawal of the troops caused a “domino effect.”
  • Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer reported that they are sending soldiers to the rescue mission in Afghanistan.
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Main source of the news: The Washington Post.



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