Germany and Italy bring their troops back from Afghanistan
03 July 2021 | 12:27 pm
Germany and Italy complete their pull-out from Afghanistan, ending a 20-year deployment there as part of an accelerated withdrawal of NATO forces. Members of the US-backed alliance agreed in April to wrap up their 9,600-strong mission in Afghanistan after US President Joe Biden made the call to end Washington's longest war.
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