Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty July 20, 2016 German media have reported that the 17-year-old asylum seeker who was shot dead by police after attacking passengers with an ax and knife on a train in southern Germany was not Afghan but in fact Pakistani. German state broadcaster ZDF said on July 20 that documents found in
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty July 19, 2016 German police say a hand-drawn Islamic State (IS) flag was found in the room of the 17-year-old Afghan asylum seeker who attacked passengers on a train in Bavaria, in southern Germany, before being shot dead by police on July 19. The IS-linked news agency Amaq said the attack was
Tolo News: Afghan and German officials on Saturday officially opened a photographic exhibition in Herat to mark 100 years of friendship between the two countries. A German envoy at the event said the exhibition shows the close relations the two countries have enjoyed over the years. He said that the gallery will narrate the story of Afghan-German
1TV: Two Afghan migrant men have been arrested for allegedly forcing a teenage boy to perform sexual acts at a swimming pool in Germany, local media reported. The 14-year-old boy faced the incident by the Afghan men, aged 20 and 25, in an indoor pool in Delbruck on Friday afternoon, according to German newspaper Westfalen-Blatt. Click here
Tolo News: At least 135 Afghans who migrated to Germany on Wednesday have returned home voluntarily. A number of the return refugees said they regret migrating to Germany and are living in difficult conditions and would like to return home if possible. One of the returnees, Abdullah, who spent $13,000 USD to get to Germany with his wife
Khaama Press: The country’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has said that Germany will stay in Afghanistan for providing security support as long as it is necessary but the influx of refugees be stopped. “We’re staying here as long as it’s necessary. But we also expect that the Afghan population stays here,” Maiziere said. “We want the influx
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty February 1, 2016 German Interior Minister Thomas De Maiziere has promised Afghanistan financial help to help reintegrate returned migrants. Speaking during a visit to Kabul on February 1, Maiziere said most Afghans who go to Germany were not motivated by security fears but wanted a better life. He said that was “understandable”
Tolo News: Two Afghan refugees were sledging in the snowy Ore Mountains in Altenberg on Sunday when a stranger approached and insulted them, before hitting them with his Swastika-emblazoned helmet, said Dresden police. The man reportedly had a “Hitler moustache and gave a Nazi salute”. Click here to read more (external link).
DW: In Mazar-i-Sharif, the German defense minister was self-critical. Mistakes have been made and the situation underestimated, she said. The question remains: Can the mistakes be repaired? Click here to read more (external link).
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty December 6, 2015 German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen visited German troops in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e Sharif on December 6, a trip that comes after Berlin’s recent decision to enlarge its military deployment in the war-torn country. “The basic message must be: We’re staying,” the minister told