Germany Warns Against Early Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan

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)


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. I mean they can’t even deliver on agreements they are part of or protect their own women and girls from the Muslim horde they let in.

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

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

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

    1. This behavior is, unfortunately, typical of Western countries: Invade a foreign land, destroy most of it, appropriate what’s left of it, then claim “we are doing it for our high moral values, which are far higher than those of the natives”.
      Case in point: When the USA took the Philippines in 1898, McKinley said the wanted to “Christianize” the country. Despite the fact that the majority of the population was Catholic, and McKinley’s troops were acting anything but Christlike…
      Though the Christianity has long faded from our (and Germany’s) excuse making, the moral snobbery has not.

  8. 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?

  9. I agree. We should not leave just yet. Even though we have been there 18 years. Their culture & beliefs are so tainted & barbaric. How do you protect the women & young girls from their horrible practices. Girls have no value in this culture other than procreation. The men enjoy anal sex with young boys.witch leaves them internally damaged.. Only God could change them.

    1. Well, if only God could change them, who are you to usurp the role of God? Where does the USA get its moral high ground with all of the horrible things its decadent culture embraces? If you want a moral principle, try this one: Remove the beam from thine own eye before removing the mote from thy brother’s.

  10. How many German troops are there? Trump wants the Europeans to carry more of the burden in Afghanistan and he is correct.

    1. Why? It’s not their fight. They didn’t start it. US needs to get our troops back. What happens after is up to the Afghan people. Why do we think we get to choose governs countries?

  11. Funny how Germany can’t even protect its women in Germany from rapes and sexual assaults by Muslim immigrants. Now they want to try doing so in a Muslim-run country. Good luck with that.

  12. As Defense Minister she CAN send in more German troops to prevent the crimes against women she fears. IF she’s that concerned, why should the US carry the weight?

    1. Agreed. Maybe the Germans can send the equivalent amount of troops that the U.S. pulls out of Afghanistan.

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