Germany Warns Against Early Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan

German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer attends a budget session at the lower house of parliament (Bundestag) in Berlin, Germany, September 10, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

A withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan could see the country falling back under the strict Islamic rule of the Taliban, German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Saturday.

Kramp-Karrenbauer, who also heads Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and is seen as the chancellor’s most likely successor, said a pullout of foreign troops would be particularly tough for Afghan women.

“I am worried that if we were to ditch our responsibility (in Afghanistan) we will face horrifying images of women being stoned and hanged and of girls not able to attend school and married off,” Kramp-Karrenbauer told a gathering of CDU women.

U.S. President Donald Trump this month canceled a planned meeting with Taliban leaders at his Camp David retreat, dealing a blow to talks between his administration and the group aimed at ending the almost 18-year conflict.

The United States had said it would withdraw almost 5,000 troops from Afghanistan and close five military bases under a draft agreement with the Taliban.

Trump canceled the peace talks with Taliban leaders after the insurgents said they were behind an attack in Kabul that killed an American soldier and 11 other people.

Germany has some 1,300 soldiers in Afghanistan. Their parliament-approved mandate ends in March 2020.

The United States has some 14,000 troops in the country, where the U.S. military has fought its longest ever war which started with a campaign to toppled the Taliban in 2001 after the Sept. 11 attacks on American soil.

Trump has been putting pressure on Germany to meet a NATO-mandated military spending budget of 2% of economic output.

Merkel said last month she was taking her government’s commitment to meet that goal seriously.

Under current budget plans, Germany would spend just more than 1.4% of output on defense.

(Reporting by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Stephen Powell)

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Ed
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Time for us to leave, with our tail between our legs, after losing an 18-year war against an enemy dedicated to living in the Stone Age. This should just be yet another reminder that maybe we should be minding our own business unless we are fighting a truly global threat that actually has our existence on the line. All that we’ve done since WW2 is stir up trouble that we can’t finish and sow even more violence. Face it, as capable as our military is, we’re pretty bad at warfare now.

James
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So what did the deaths of many AMERICANS contribute to that wasteland? NOTHING but misery and sorrow for those left behind here.

Pull ALL American troops out of that worthless sh**hole and NUKE it off the face of the Earth.

Screwtape
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An alternate solution for the Germans (who are SOOOOO concerned). Allow biological Afghan women and girls ONLY to immigrate to your country. (yes, I can see men claiming to women abusing this.)

You’ve had horrendous, rapey results from allowing just the men to immigrate.

Irene Hyink
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Irene Hyink

Easy for them to say …What are THEY doing ?…NOTHING !
We’ve lost enough lives .

PaulTheCabDriver
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PaulTheCabDriver

Why is the status of women in Afghanistan the business of the German government, yet they are doing nothing to stop the rapes and assaults of German women by Muslim “refugees”?
If Muslims who move to Germany won’t change their ways when living in Germany, what makes her think a few thousand troops in Afghanistan are going to change Afghan culture?

Screwtape
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Kay and John,

1300 troops, per the article. Friend made the excellent suggestion that Germany, out of concern, replace US troops on a 1:1 basis which means they will need over 12,000 troops plus support personnel. That adds up.

While I agree that there is no valid reason to remain in the “stan, it’s the Germans who are saying WE should stay to protect the Afghani women.

If Germany is so concerned, let IT put up the troops or shut up.

Jason Alsbrook
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Great advice, Germany. You’re doing such a great job protecting your OWN women and children..

Bob Weir
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Bob Weir

As much as I want to help those around the world who are being abused, I’m forced to wonder how we, the US, can be the policemen all over the globe? How many of our human capital will be spent on trying to change cultures that have been in effect for thousands of years?

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