Afghan crisis: German military helicopter ready to join airlift mission in Kabul

By The Associated Press

BERLIN: Two small German military helicopters were sent to Kabul in coordination with the United States and were ready for action on Saturday, German officials said.

The idea is for them to be used in Kabul if the individual evacuees must be picked up by helicopter and brought to the airport. But Germany’s top military commander, General Eberhard Zorn, said “there are no concrete plans yet for their deployment.”

Zorn said the situation remained difficult at the airport gate in the Afghan capital. The number of people evacuated by German planes varies.

A German flight arrived in Tashkent on Friday night carrying 172 people, but two subsequent flights – one with an Airbus A400M – carried only between seven and eight people.

Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karenbauer said Germany had so far evacuated about 2,000 people. “The situation is difficult, but with our capabilities and everything that comes to the ground, we will keep taking out more and more,” she said.

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