Germany should make its military forces “available” for another operation in Afghanistan to stop the Taliban from conquering it, the Bundestag’s Foreign Affairs Committee head said, but his fellow MP’s did not share the sentiment.
US President Joe Biden should stop America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, Norbert Roettgen, the head of the German parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, told the German FAZ newspaper on Sunday.
Roettgen said he was concerned about the prospects of Taliban militants taking control of Afghanistan by force, if left undeterred in the wake of the US/NATO pullout. However, Turkish troops still guard and control the international airport of Kabul.
Roettgen argued that the Taliban must be prevented from seizing all major cities in Afghanistan before winter sets in, saying that while the militants have always been able to conquer rural areas.
But if bigger towns and cities also fell to them, there is a risk they could take over the whole country again. The best way to avoid creating such a “militarily one-sided” reality, was, apparently, another intervention?
The Bundeswehr [Afghanistan] mission was ended at NATO level, however, Germany’s forces could stay in Afghanistan longer than those of the US anyway, since the current Bundestag mandate warrants their presence on Afghan soil until at least January 2022.
Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, a defense-policy spokeswoman from the Free Democratic Party’s parliamentary group, said that such suggestions were exactly what led to the previous invasions in the first place.
Meanwhile, former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer believes German troops’ presence on the ground would barely make any difference and that the presence of the German troops near the Afghan city of Kunduz would hardly have stopped it from falling into the Taliban’s hands.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point WW III News 2021.