A Bundeswehr Airbus A400M on August 17: Evacuees wait to leave the aircraft after landing in Tashkent from Kabul.

A Bundeswehr Airbus A400M on August 17: Evacuees wait to leave the aircraft after landing in Tashkent from Kabul.

Foto: Marc Tessensohn / Bundeswehr / dpa

"Takeover of Kabul Unlikely Before 9/11" A Chronicle of German Failures in Afghanistan

German diplomats only found out by chance that their American counterparts were evacuating from Kabul and they were blindsided by the Taliban's rapid advance in the capital. But internal documents show that Berlin ignored urgent warnings.
"We will only be reachable by phone for now. We are destroying the IT. Have a nice Sunday, over."

Jan Hendrik van Thiel, Germany's deputy ambassador in Kabul

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"I want to provide a way out for the people who have helped us a great deal."

Chancellor Angela Merkel at her summer press conference

"I support all measures that enable the rapid departure of our local hires and their families."

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer

The “takeover of Kabul” by the Taliban is “rather unlikely before 9/11.”

A representative of Germany's federal intelligence agency