Ravensburger Spectrum / Süd-West-Punkt / rtl.de
SW ° / RaSp - Do the dear readers remember March 2020? That was only 17 months ago. At that time there was a German airlift, or more precisely, several airlifts in various countries around the world, in which 240,000 German citizens were brought back home from abroad - mainly holiday countries.
The reason: Corona had broken out. Numerous Germans had no opportunity to return on their own due to the complete border closings of other countries, since regular flights were no longer allowed due to the border closings.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas spoke in March 2020 of an “airlift” for which the federal government plans to spend up to 50 million euros. At a time when 100,000 Germans were still abroad, people were already talking about the "largest repatriation campaign in the Federal Republic of Germany. Lufthansa and Condor were involved.
At that time, the Münchner Merkur wrote: "It is an incredibly big action, but it is also necessary," Maas (SPD) told the "Bild." target." The term airlift is primarily associated with the Berlin Airlift of 1948/49. At that time, the Western Allies supplied the western part of Berlin, which was cut off by a Soviet blockade, from the air for almost eleven months. " Maas spoke of a “one-time program” and made it clear that it will be much more difficult to return to Germany at a later date.
70 weeks later, for many Germans and for those who were an incredible help to the Germans (but of course also for millions of others), the worst catastrophe since the end of the Second World War occurs. The Corona Airlift lasted several weeks, the Kabul Airlift only a few days. With the first there was no acute or immediate danger to human life; however, this is the case with the second.
It is unbelievable that there are no European politicians with real "eggs" and that the airlift is maintained until the last one is saved. Not Heiko M00s (Maas) and not A00 (AKK) either. And we must not forget that it is they who are responsible for this debacle and not only do not live up to their responsibility, but also rule out a resignation because he would be irresponsible in this dicey situation. What nonsense !!
rtl.de - The Bundeswehr ended its airlift from Kabul on Thursday. According to information from the German Press Agency, the last three planes started in the early evening (local time) from Kabul airport with the destination Tashkent in Uzbekistan. Shortly before, there had been reports of an explosion outside the airport in Kabul.
Germany ends its evacuation mission four days before the US troops withdraw. Four Airbus A400M with evacuees and German soldiers were flown from Kabul to Tashkent in Uzbekistan.
The Bundeswehr flew 150 more people out of Kabul in Afghanistan on Thursday morning. The operational command reported on Thursday on Twitter that a military transport of the type A400M with the refugees on board started at 9:42 a.m. German time for Tashkent.
Among the soldiers are paratroopers and KSK soldiers, as well as two special forces helicopters. In Tashkent, according to the latest plans, they will be received by Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the General Inspector of the Bundeswehr, Eberhard Zorn, and the Federal Armed Forces Commissioner, Eva Högl. Together with the soldiers, it should then go to Germany on Friday. The planes are to fly to the Bundeswehr air base in Wunstorf in Lower Saxony.
The German embassy in Afghanistan and other agencies are currently warning of the threat of terrorism around the airport. The US Embassy has asked US citizens who are currently at Abbey Gate, East Gate or North Gate to leave the area "immediately".
Britain's Secretary of Defense, James Heappey, spoke on Sky News of the threat of a "serious, immediate, fatal attack" within hours on the airport or the centers used by Western troops.
Several countries have already completed their evacuations. France wants to end its operation, according to Prime Minister Jean Castex on Friday. In Belgium, too, the end of the evacuations was justified by the deteriorating security situation at the airport in Kabul. Prime Minister Alexander De Croo spoke of specific US indications of possible suicide bombings.