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Afghans who helped Germany to be granted asylum

AT Monitoring Desk

KABUL: The first group of Afghans to be granted asylum for their work with the German military has arrived in Germany, according to Der Spiegel. They are fleeing the Taliban who consider them “traitors.”

The first six members of Afghan personnel, who worked with the German military during their time in Afghanistan, have arrived in Germany with their families, German news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Monday.

Their arrival marks the beginning of a program to provide asylum to Afghans who aided the Bundeswehr and who are now fearing for their lives as the Taliban regains control of large parts of the country.

A total of 23 individuals — including children — were flown out of the city of Mazar-i-Sharif in the north of the country by Turkish Airlines, Spiegel said. Another 30 are expected in the coming days.

German military officials prepared documents for 471 local workers, such as interpreters, shortly before withdrawing from the country at the end of June. A further 2,380 visa documents were also readied for their families.

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