The last German troops left Afghanistan on Tuesday, bringing to an end almost two decades of involvement in the country.
In a tweet on his official account, German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer confirmed that the last German troops “left Afghanistan safely” on Tuesday evening.
Around 750 containers’ worth of equipment has been shipped back to Germany by land and air, including 120 vehicles and six helicopters, he clarified.
The Defense Minister thanked the more than 150,000 troops who have served there since 2001 and said that “they can be proud of this mission.”
“A historic chapter is coming to an end, an intense deployment that was exacting for the Bundeswehr and marked it, in which the Bundeswehr proved itself in battle,” Kramp-Karrenbauer said.
A total of 150,000 German soldiers have served there since December 2001 when the German parliament first approved sending the military to Afghanistan.
Since then, fifty-nine German troops died in Afghan missions.
This came as the US military prepares its withdrawal from Afghanistan by September 2021, a deadline set by US President Joe Biden to end America’s longest war.