KABUL: The German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, in a recent tweet this Tuesday, announced that after nearly 20 years in Afghanistan, Germany’s last troops “left Afghanistan safely.”
She expressed gratitude to the more than 150,000 troops who have served there since 2001, saying that “they can be proud of this mission.”
According to an AP report, the German military said that the last troops were on their way home via Tbilisi, Georgia.
Brigadier General Ansgar Meyer, the last commander of the German contingent, was on board an Airbus A400M aircraft bringing them home.
In April, NATO agreed to pull out at least 7,000 troops from Afghanistan.
The German defense minister said, “Our last troops left Afghanistan this night after almost 20 years and are on their way home,” quoted by Reuters.
Germany had roughly 1,100 troops in Afghanistan at the time.
According to a Reuters report, fifty-nine German soldiers died in Afghanistan, with 35 of them killed in combat or as a result of militant attacks, making it Germany’s deadliest military mission since World War II.
While the foreign troops are amid withdrawal, Afghanistan has yet to see a decrease in violence.