Troop withdrawal from Afghanistan: Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer wants to bring Bundeswehr helpers to Germany

Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer wants to endanger local employees of the Bundeswehr to Germany to fetch. Discussions were already underway within the federal government, the CDU politician told the dpa news agency.

"We're talking about people who, in some cases, have worked by our side for years at risk to their own safety, who have also fought and have made their personal contribution," said Kramp-Karrenbauer. "I feel it is a profound obligation of the Federal Republic of Germany not to leave these people defenseless now that we are finally leaving the country."

The interior ministry informed the "Welt am Sonntag" that the federal government would have its own office in Kabul and probably also set up in the region around Mazar-i-Sharif as a contact point "in order to be able to organize and process the proceedings more easily in the interests of those affected". The aim is for the Afghan employees to »continue to have the opportunity to report their endangerment within two years of the end of their service«.

"From my point of view, we have a different situation because we are not talking about changing a mission, but about an end," said Kramp-Karrenbauer. "And that may mean a different security situation and a different assessment."

According to the Defense Ministry, 2013 local staff have been hired in Germany since the start of the local staff procedure in 781. The German "Resolute Support" contingent currently employs around 300 local staff and is due to move out by August.

According to “Welt am Sonntag”, the interior ministry said that the federal government was “aware of its special responsibility towards the Afghan local staff”.