Last plane from Kabul lands: Bundeswehr brings soldiers back safely

The last plane from Kabul lands
Bundeswehr brings soldiers back safely

The Bundeswehr has fled more than 5,300 people from the Afghan capital Kabul in the past few days. But the rescue operation is now over. The last transport plane A400M with Bundeswehr forces lands in Frankfurt.

All Bundeswehr forces have now returned to Germany after the evacuation mission at Kabul Airport. Like the Ministry of Defense, the approximately 600 soldiers who were involved in the operation are to be received at the military airfield in Wunstorf on Friday at 4 p.m. Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, General Inspector Eberhard Zorn, the Defense Commissioner of the German Bundestag, Eva Högl, and other politicians are expected on arrival.

Shortly before one o’clock in the morning, the last A400M transport aircraft landed safely at Frankfurt Airport. As the Ministry of Defense said on Twitter, an extension of the airlift was not possible due to the security situation in Kabul. “But we will continue to take care of those who remain to be protected,” said the ministry.

Paratroopers, soldiers from the Special Forces Command (KSK), military police, crisis support teams, paramedics, military police, members of the air force and other Bundeswehr specialists in Germany, in Tashkent and at the airport in Kabul were all involved in the rescue operation in Kabul.

Since August 16, Germany, along with other nations, has been involved in bringing German citizens, Afghan local workers and their families, and other people in need of protection to safety. According to the Defense Ministry, the Bundeswehr has flown more than 5,300 people from at least 45 countries out of Kabul using 37 flights.