Germany has completed troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence announced on Tuesday.
Germany started withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan in May, ending almost 20 years of service with the US and other international powers, the ministry said.
With the US aiming to complete its own withdrawal by September 11, the announcement came that German troops would withdraw alongside the US armed forces.
“After almost 20 years of service, the last soldiers on our platoon left Afghanistan tonight,” said Germany’s Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. “They are on their way back.
“A historical chapter is coming to an end, this is a serious mission that has challenged and shaped the world,” he added.
On Twitter, the minister thanked the 150,000 men and women who have worked there since 2001 and said they can be proud of their service.
She paid tribute to those killed and wounded there. “You will not be forgotten,” she said.
According to the military, 59 German soldiers have been killed during their service in Afghanistan since 2001.
The last troops were evacuated from the airport in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, with two German A400 ladies and two American C17 planes.
– Germany makes a major contribution –
Before the withdrawal, 1,100 soldiers were deployed in Afghanistan as part of a 9,600-strong NATO training and support mission – in addition to the US military presence.
Great Britain, Italy and Turkey also have a significant military presence there, with five countries demanding that the project have 6,000 members.
Smaller troop contributors, Denmark, Estonia and Spain, have already withdrawn their troops.
Germany accelerated its withdrawal after US President Joe Biden announced the withdrawal of US troops from the country 20 years later.