Washington Examiner: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has touched down in Germany, one of America’s most important NATO allies, where he will be consulting with his German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen, and preparing for talks later in the week with NATO defense ministers about his soon-to-be completed strategy for winning in Afghanistan. En route Mattis spoke
DW: Just weeks after a spate of attacks in Kabul forced Germany to halt deportations to Afghanistan, plans for more flights are reportedly afoot. Failed Afghan asylum-seekers could be forced home as early as next week. Click here to read more (external link).
Al Jazeera: Mohammad Shoaib Hosseini thought he was the luckiest man in Germany. Seven years after fleeing his home in war-torn Afghanistan, he had a full-time job at a timber factory, rented a modest apartment and had friends who were like family. But on March 27, his life imploded. Click here to read more (external link).
VOA News May 21, 2017 ISLAMABAD — Unknown gunmen have killed a German aid worker and her Afghan security guard in Kabul before kidnapping a Finnish woman who worked for an aid organization. A Finnish Foreign Ministry spokesperson is reported to have confirmed a Finn has been taken hostage, and that there is no information yet
Al Jazeera: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that she does not believe Germany is “first in line” to send more troops to Afghanistan, as NATO considers a proposal to boost forces there. “I don’t think we’re first in line to expand our capacities there,” Merkel said after meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday.
Press TV April 24, 2017 Germany has in the span of two months rejected the asylum requests of more than half of the Afghan refugees who had traveled 7,000 kilometers in search of a better life in the European country. Citing Interior Ministry figures, the German Passauer Neue Presse newspaper reported on Sunday that less
1TV: Thousands of former Taliban fighters may have entered in Germany over the past two years amid high influx of migrants into the European country, a German magazine reported Saturday. More than 70 Afghans were being investigated by Germany’s chief federal prosecutor, though it was yet to be clear whether all of them were suspected of being
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty March 29, 2017 German prosecutors say they have arrested a suspected former Afghan Taliban commander who is believed to have taken part in an attack that killed U.S. and Afghan soldiers. The federal prosecutor’s office said in a March 28 statement that the 30-year-old Afghan citizen, identified only as Abdullah P.,
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty February 23, 2017 A plane carrying a third group of at least 18 Afghan asylum-seekers rejected by Germany left for Kabul late on February 22. Police said around 250 people gathered at the airport to protest the deportations, which German opposition parties and rights groups have criticized, arguing that most of
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty February 12, 2017 Several thousand people took part in demonstrations across Germany to protest the forced return of Afghan refugees whose bids for asylum have been rejected. “The people who are forced to return cannot live their lives in safety there,” organizers in Hamburg said of the situation in Afghanistan. “A