Hamburg: How are Afghan immigrants looking at NATO troop withdrawal?
03 July 2021 | 4:28 pm
Afghan immigrants living in the German city of Hamburg are wary of the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan. They told DW that the Taliban's gains have dashed their hopes of returning to their country one day.
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German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius is visiting Lithuania, where he will hold talks with the country's leadership and meet German soldiers.
Since the Taliban retook power in Afghanistan in August 2021, thousands of Afghan families have found refuge in neighbouring Pakistan. Many Afghans decided to flee their country in order for their daughters to have an education, the Taliban having imposed a ban on secondary and higher education for girls. Pakistan does not offer real prospects of integration or employment to refugees.
A shooting occurred at a Jehovah's Witnesses hall in Hamburg, Germany's second-largest city. Eight people, including the shooter, died of gunshot wounds and a number of others were injured, according to police.
New talks at NATO headquarters have not broken the deadlock. Turkish objections to Sweden's and Finland's bid to join NATO still stand. Meanwhile, officials and experts question Ankara's dedication to the alliance.
After an anonymous tip-off, the gunman's apartment was raided by police. Authorities discovered 15 loaded magazines and more.
Politicians have questioned why the gunman's weapon wasn't confiscated after concerns were raised about his psychological health. The shooting at a Jehovah's Witness hall left eight people dead.
While fallout between the US and Russia over the downing of a US drone continues, NATO is taking a cautious stance over the incidents involving Russian aircraft.
Over 2,000 Afghan asylum seekers are living under "miserable" conditions in the United Arab Emirates, according to the Human Rights Watch advocacy group. Some evacuees have been waiting for resettlement for over a year.
Followers of the unorthodox Christian group did not attend the remembrance, organized by Catholic and Protestant churches. Earlier this month, seven people were shot dead by a former member of the congregation.
German police said they had concluded an operation and were now investigating after the shooting in the northern port city.
Turkey has been blocking Stockholm's NATO bid, claiming that Sweden harbors Kurdish militants and demanding the extradition of individuals it considers terrorists. DW met members of the Kurdish community worried they'll pay the price for the country's membership.
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