German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told the
Bundestag that pulling out of Afghanistan too soon could lead to a terrorist attack more devastating than 9/11.
As tributes were paid to to the 43 German soldiers who have been killed in Afghanistan, Merkel used her address to reiterate the importance of the German mission there and warned of the danger of extremists getting their hands on nuclear material.
“The international community has pledged to work together in Afghanistan, that can only be ended by mutual agreement. I am convinced that to do otherwise would have consequences far more devastating than the attacks of September 11, 2001,” she said.
Merkel’s address came as the German government recognised 14 US soldiers serving in Afghanistan for risking their lives to help German soldiers in a firefight with insurgents.
Her words were met with muted applause and several members of the lower house shouted dissent reflecting the unease felt by many Germans about the country’s involvement in another war.