Germany rejects calls to send troops to Afghanistan

15:56, 09 August 2021
Germany rejects calls to send troops to Afghanistan Photo: Lisa Ducret/dpa/Global Look Press

The German defense minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said Germany will not resend troops to fight the Taliban* in Afghanistan following the Talib’s takeover of the city of Kunduz where the German contingent was deployed for over a decade.

"The reports from Kunduz and from all over Afghanistan are bitter and hurt a lot. Are society and parliament prepared to send the armed forces into a war and remain there with lots of troops for at least a generation? If we are not, then the joint withdrawal with the partners remains the right decision," the German defense minister said on his official Twitter account.

Kunduz for a long time was a base where Germany’s military had the largest military personnel ever based in Afghanistan after the US.

The European country has lost the most number of its soldiers in Afghanistan since World War Two.

“What we apparently have not achieved in Afghanistan are the permanent and positive changes in Afghanistan. We should learn from this for our future mission abroad,” she added.


Kunduz is one of the five major cities taken over by the Talib forces in the last 24 hours. The US has already started backing from its claims to completely abandon Afghanistan as the US performs airstrikes against the Taliban’s positions in the region.

* Taliban is a terror organization banned in the US, Russia and many other countries