The announced withdrawal of US troops from Syria, and similar Considerations to Afghanistan are fanning in the Bundestag concerns with a view to the Bundeswehr’s operations in the two countries.

“For the “tornado”, it makes no sense to fly over Syria. Because their recon photos are intended primarily for the Americans,” said the Green member of the German Bundestag Omid Nouripour, the “Saarbrücker Zeitung”. Germany is involved in Iraq and Syria with “Tornado”Reconnaissance aircraft and a tanker aircraft in the international fight against the terror militia IS.

The United States began, according to the government, its soldiers out of Syria to be deducted. In addition, page is set to US in the room, about half the U.S. troops withdraw from Afghanistan. There, the Bundeswehr is participating with up to 1,300 troops to the Nato training mission “Resolute Support” for the Afghan security forces.

In Afghanistan could not remain in the German armed forces without the Americans and their aid in the protection, education and logistics, said Nouripour. According to the Chairman of the Union group in the foreign Affairs Committee Roderich Kiesewetter, would have to take on the German army after the Americans, their tasks and thus their application to extend or remove. “If the protection of our soldiers is no longer safe, it will be hard to find a new majority in the Bundestag,” he said of the “Frankfurt General Sunday newspaper”.

The defense Committee Chairman, Wolfgang Hellmich (SPD) did not exclude an end to the Afghanistan mandate. This is “open”, he told the newspaper. SPD parliamentary group Deputy Rolf Mützenich expressed in the radio station NDR Info similar. He holds it for possible that the US information is a pointer to the Afghan government: “this Is a Signal to the US President (…) may also be a reference to the peace talks with the Taliban?”

The Bundeswehr is a parliamentary army. The Bundestag must approve their operations abroad. The consent to an operation is, in principle, on the basis of twelve months and must then be extended if required.

the extension of The Mission in Afghanistan, the Bundestag had decided in March 2018. The loss most in the history of the Bundeswehr is already running since more than 16 years, but now only as a training mission. In the SPD, there was at the time, eight votes against, the Green group was 18-Yes and 33 no votes divided. Nouripour voted Yes.

the mandate for the deployment of German soldiers against the IS-terrorist militia in Syria and Iraq in October to a year, had been extended. The Opposition had voted as well as closed, however, nine of the SPD deputies voted with no. The provision of the “Tornado”combat aircraft for reconnaissance and air to air refuelling of machinery of the international Anti-IS coalition to 31. October 2019 to be completed.

A spokesman for the defence Ministry had said on Friday, “currently, directly,” don’t be concerned, the German commitment and the German mandate in the fight against the IS from the previous announcements made by the United States. “The safety of the German soldiers is unchanged in the areas of deployment,” said a spokesman for the Ministry on Saturday.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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