Afghanistan: SPD accuses CDU man Johann Wadephul of endangering German soldiers

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The SPD accuses the deputy Union group chairman Johann Wadephul (CDU) of making the evacuation of the Bundeswehr in Kabul more difficult and endangering soldiers by disclosing secret military information.

Wadephul had made public in the talk show “Maybrit Illner” that the Bundeswehr wants to move two KSK helicopters to Kabul. The defense policy spokeswoman of the SPD parliamentary group, Siemtje Möller, criticizes this in the “Bild am Sonntag”: “Surprise is a military principle. That is why such tactical information is kept secret. It is irresponsible for the colleague to flabbergast you recklessly on a talk show. So the Taliban have all the time in the world to prepare for it. Our soldiers become an easy target, the evacuation mission even more dangerous.«

Wadephul defended himself in the”Bild am Sonntag”. He had a clearance from Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer: “I was told by the minister that this is known and you can use it.”This contradicts a ministry spokesman:” There was definitely nothing in this direction. Everyone here, including the minister, was surprised.«

Also Heiko Maas under pressure

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) is under further pressure because of the hesitant evacuation of the embassy in Kabul. According to information from the “Bild am Sonntag” from security circles, the personal protectors of the Federal police in the embassy reported to the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin on Friday, August 13: The situation in Kabul is getting out of control, within a few hours the threat of complete tipping over. A spokesman for the Federal Foreign Office, however, said: “In the crisis unit, the embassy on Friday made the assessment that security should be guaranteed in the short term, but not in the medium or long term.”In recent days, there have been increasing calls for the Foreign Minister to resign.

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