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Germany’s peacekeeping missions are gradually being weaponized.
 
11/26/2020
 

Will Germany Soon Use Armed Drones in Afghanistan?

Germany’s peacekeeping missions are gradually being weaponized.

BY JOSUE MICHELS

On her recent trip to Afghanistan, German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer spoke in favor of supporting Germany’s troops with armed drones. So far, Germany has only used unarmed drones in the region. The new drones would provide longer flight times, better reconnaissance results, and arming capabilities. Its mission in Afghanistan is the country’s largest foreign deployment and gives a glimpse into where Germany’s peacekeeping missions are leading.

"If I take the request of the soldiers here, and I can honestly understand it, then much speaks for the armament of the drones," Kramp-Karrenbauer said following her visit to German soldiers in Kunduz (Watch Jerusalem translation throughout).

"One has to seriously ask," Kramp-Karrenbauer continued, "in regards to the lives of the soldiers deployed here, if we should really refrain from using what we have at our disposal."

 
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