Latest German armed forces News

Experts: Remains near Auschwitz probably post-war German

Jun. 17, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish experts say human remains uncovered this month near the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz date to after World War II, and most probably belonged to German soldiers taken prisoner by Soviet forces. A local resident spotted 12 human...

German platoon ordered from Lithuania amid misconduct probe

Jun. 16, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Defense Ministry said Wednesday it has ordered a platoon stationed in Lithuania as part of a NATO mission to return home immediately amid allegations of serious misconduct. The ministry said the allegations include sexual harassment, insults with...

German military to ship surplus beer back from Afghanistan

Jun. 07, 2021 08:30 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German military says it has found a solution for an unusual logistics problem its troops in Afghanistan face: a glut of beer. Defense Ministry spokeswoman Christina Routsi said Monday that a recent decision by the German commander in Afghanistan to ban...

German soldier who posed as refugee on trial for attack plot

May. 20, 2021 07:08 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German army officer who posed as a Syrian asylum-seeker went on trial Thursday accused of plotting to kill prominent politicians and blame the attack on refugees. Federal prosecutors say the defendant, identified only as 1st Lt. Franco A. due to German...

2 German soldiers die after truck crashes into convoy

Apr. 26, 2021 08:51 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Two German soldiers died early Monday after a tractor-trailer crashed into their heavy vehicle that was part of a military convoy on a highway near Berlin. Brandenburg state police said the incident happened as the soldiers were driving an Unimog truck in...

Germany promises help for local staff amid Afghan withdrawal

Apr. 18, 2021 05:10 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German defense minister says she wants to help bring some Afghan employees of her country's military to Germany as it prepares to leave Afghanistan after nearly 20 years. NATO allies including Germany are set to join the United States in pulling their...

Austin: US adds 500 troops in Germany, despite Trump pledge

Apr. 13, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced on Tuesday that he is expanding the U.S. military presence in Germany by 500 troops and has stopped planning for large-scale troop cuts ordered by the Trump administration. Adding 500 troops to a current total of...

Pentagon chief on inaugural tour of Europe to shore up ties

Apr. 13, 2021 07:49 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Nearly a year after President Donald Trump ordered thousands of troops to leave Germany, capping a series of setbacks for U.S. relations with major allies, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin began an inaugural tour of Europe to shore up partnerships that are a cornerstone of...

Pentagon chief on inaugural tour of Europe to shore up ties

Apr. 12, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Nearly a year after President Donald Trump ordered thousands of troops to leave Germany, capping a series of setbacks for U.S. relations with major allies, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Monday began an inaugural tour of Europe to shore up partnerships that are a...

Report: Center-left candidate in Germany favors EU army

Mar. 27, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The center-left Social Democrats' candidate to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel is backing the idea of a European Union army but says the creation of one likely won't happen in the near future. Olaf Scholz told the Frankfurter Allgemeine...