First German Plane Evacuated Only 7 People From Kabul

BERLIN—A first German military plane to land in Kabul since the Taliban takeover evacuated only seven people, the government said on Tuesday, due to chaos at the Afghan capital’s airport.

Germany, which had the second largest military contingent in Afghanistan after the United States, wants to airlift thousands of German–Afghan dual nationals as well as rights activists, lawyers, and people who worked with foreign forces.

Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said the A400M transport plane undertook a “breakneck landing” on Monday evening, with its main aim to bring in German soldiers to secure the evacuation.

“We have a very chaotic, dangerous, and complex situation at the airport,” she told broadcaster ARD. “We had very little time, so we only took on board people who were on site.”

Only seven made it as the plane had to leave quickly and other Germans could not get into the airport without protection from German soldiers, a foreign ministry spokesperson said. – READ MORE