Bundeswehr troops will leave Kunduz province in northern Afghanistan over the next weeks. About one hundred German soldiers stationed there will be transferred to the northern headquarters of the NATO training mission in Mazar-i-Sharif, a representative of the operational command noted, responding to a request from the Bild newspaper.
According to him, the withdrawal of the military does not mean that the field camp in Kunduz will cease to operate. If necessary, German soldiers will be transferred there to train the military personnel of the armed forces of Afghanistan. Earlier, German instructors advised the Afghan military on the fight against militants in the province, which has traditionally been a stronghold of the radical Islamist Taliban movement, DW reported.
According to dpa, the decision to withdraw the military contingent from Kunduz was made back in the summer by the military leadership of the NATO mission in Kabul. Thus, this step is not related to the statement by US President Donald Trump on the reduction of the American contingent from 4,500 to 2,500 troops.
Earlier, Germany noted that the cut of the American presence in the region would jeopardize the mission of the Bundeswehr.