BERLIN: Germany’s minister for defence, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Monday turned away the calls for German troops to return to Afghanistan following the fall of Kunduz city and its Taliban takeover.
Germany has the second largest military contingent in Afghanistan after the United States. Since World War II, Germany has lost more troops in the battle in Kunduz than anywhere else.
The Taliban occupied six provincial capitals, including Kunduz, over the weekend because it launched an offensive after foreign troops began to retreat.
“The reports from Kunduz and from all over Afghanistan are bitter and hurt a lot,” wrote Kramp-Karrenbauer on Twitter.
“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,” read the post.
Some people in her Conservative Party wanted the German army to participate in the intervention of the Taliban, but Kramp-Karenbauer said that defeating them would require a long and difficult battle.
Since the United States announced in April that it plans to withdraw its troops before September 11, the transatlantic alliance NATO has followed closely. As the Taliban seizes territory, the conflict has escalated.
Kramp-Karenbauer accused former U.S. President Donald Trump of sabotaging operations in Afghanistan, even his successor Joe Biden was carrying out the withdrawal policy.
“Trump’s unfortunate deal with the Taliban was the beginning of the end,” she said of an agreement Trump struck with the Islamist militants in 2020 for US troops to leave.