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German troops fly home from Afghanistan, leaving instability behind

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The last soldiers of Germany’s mission in Afghanistan are expected to arrive back at the Wunstorf air base in Lower Saxony later on Wednesday. The final contingent of troops were flown out from the field camp in Mazar-i-Sharif in the north of the country last night, ending 20 years of German military involvement in Afghanistan. Germany’s defence minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said that “a historic chapter” was coming to a close. She said it had been “an intensive deployment that has challenged and shaped the Bundeswehr, in which the Bundeswehr has proven itself in combat.” Fifty-nine Germ…

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