The Trump administration aimed to pull all US troops out of Afghanistan by May 2021 as part of a deal with the Taliban. If all foreign forces were to leave, many fear the Taliban would seize power and roll back women's rights and freedoms.
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The women, who dubbed popular Turkish and Indian dramas at a local broadcaster, were gunned down in the province of Nangahar.
Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer made the statement during a surprise visit to troops in Afghanistan's Mazar-i-Sharif. The trip followed a 10-month extension to Germany's military presence in the country.
German defense chief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told DW that militants have vowed to carry out more attacks targeting international troops if the NATO alliance doesn't leave Afghanistan by a May deadline.
Women's rights advocates worry that gains could be lost if foreign troops leave Afghanistan before real peace is achieved. The stakes are high as US officials analyze their options.
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