The mission of the Federal Defence Forces of Germany (Bundeswehr) in Afghanistan is finished. On June 29, the last German soldiers were relocated from the military camp in Mazar-i-Sharif to Germany, DW reported.
It is specified that the representatives of KSK special forces were among the troops who left Afghanistan.
“This marks the end of a historic chapter – an intense deployment that has challenged and shaped the Bundeswehr, in which the Bundeswehr proved itself in combat. The mission during which the souls and bodies of our soldiers were wounded, during which we lost people and shed tears over deceased,” Minister of Defence of Germany Annegret Kramp‑Karrenbauer stated.
According to the Bundeswehr, during the 20-year mission, 59 German soldiers died.
Totally, 1,100 German soldiers stayed in Afghanistan until May. Germany, among the NATO countries, had the second-largest military contingent trailing only the U.S.
In May 2021, the final phase of ending America's "forever war" in Afghanistan after 20 years formally began on May 1, with the withdrawal of the last U.S. and NATO troops by the end of summer.