German military readies Afghanistan withdrawal

The German military in Afghanistan will finish training local forces on Friday and turn its attention to withdrawing from the country, news wires reported. Germany has the second-largest military contingent with about 1,100 troops. Berlin had deployed more than 100,000 soldiers to Afghanistan over the past two decades.

The news comes as the US and NATO wrap up their mission after almost two decades, the defence ministry in Berlin said. US President Joe Biden and the Western military alliance announced in mid-April that they will pull out the roughly 10,000 foreign troops still in Afghanistan by 11 September.

Wrapping up the operation, Germany will have to redeploy the equivalent of around 800 containers of equipment such as armoured vehicles, helicopters, weapons and ammunition. The multinational camp in northern Mazar-i-Sharif led by Germany has been reinforced with troops and mortars, ramping up security for the duration of the withdrawal to guard the base against attacks by the Taliban.

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