German soldiers on their way home

BerlinThe probably last Bundeswehr machine with mostly vulnerable people on board landed on Thursday at 11:04 a.m. in Tashkent in Uzbekistan. It is an A400M military transporter. Another 154 people were able to save themselves out of Afghanistan with the help of the Bundeswehr. In the course of the day there were three more flights – but mostly German soldiers leaving the Afghan capital. The German airlift for evacuation is history.

The end of the airlift is not the end of the German rescue mission. Everything else will now depend on negotiations with the Taliban. The expression of the German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) when she takes a position this Thursday is correspondingly serious. “We know that the terrorist threats have intensified massively, that they have become much more specific,” she says, “we are now in what is certainly the most hectic, the most dangerous, and the most sensitive phase.”

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