Germany urged its citizens Thursday to leave Afghanistan by air as soon as possible due to the deteriorating security situation there.
Germany- “We urge Afghan citizens on Afghan soil to seize the opportunity and leave the country on scheduled flights as soon as possible,” the German Foreign Ministry said on its website.
On Monday, the German Defense Minister rejected calls to return her country’s soldiers to Afghanistan after the “Taliban” militants were able to control the city of Kunduz, where German forces have been stationed for a decade.
Germany has the second largest military force in Afghanistan after the United States and has lost more soldiers to battles in Kunduz than anywhere else in the world since World War Two.
Taliban fighters captured the strategic city of Ghazni on Thursday and are only 150 km from the capital, Kabul, after fierce battles that lasted for several days, while the movement has ruled out sharing power with the government stationed there.
The “Taliban” movement announced on Thursday that it had captured Kandahar and Herat, the second and third largest city in Afghanistan.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid posted on Twitter a video that he said showed Taliban militants arriving at Martyrs’ Square in central Kandahar and completing their control of the strategic city in the south of the country.
The Germans Must Leave Afghanistan By Air As Soon As Possible