Failed Afghan Asylum Seekers Deported from Germany Arrive in Kabul

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A group of 39 rejected asylum seekers arrived in Kabul early on Thursday after being deported from Germany, an official from the Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation said.

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The chartered flight landed at 7:25 am (0255 GMT), officials added.

According to the Ministry, it marked the 33rd deportation flight from Germany to Afghanistan since December 2016.

The officials added that a total of 907 failed asylum seekers have been sent back to Afghanistan since then.

The deportations have been deeply controversial in Germany, with critics saying the war-torn country is too dangerous to send asylum seekers back to.

Almost daily attacks from the Taliban and Islamic militants are taking a toll on civilians in the country.

The country is also in the midst of a political stand-off, with two competing presidents , Ashraf Ghani, who is accredited by the country’s election commission, and Abdullah Abdullah, who declared self-victory and accused his rival of committing fraud.

Four rockets landed near the country’s presidential palace while parallel oath-taking ceremonies were under way in the city on Monday.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Afghan Interior Ministry said Taliban militants carried out 32 attacks in 15 provinces over 24 hours earlier in the week, killing seven people and injuring 28 others.

The U.S. has begun to pull out its troops from Afghanistan, following the signing of the deal with the Taliban.

The deal also set a 14-month period for a gradual withdrawal of all international forces from Afghanistan.

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