The German army must evacuate nearly 6,000 gallons of beer as part of its withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Troops at the German camp of Mazar-e-Sharif accumulated 65,000 unopened cans of beer, in addition to various other amounts of wine and spirits, the Defense Ministry said Monday.
In the later stages of the withdrawal, high command put a ban on troops drinking. Normal protocols allow for each soldier to have two cold ones per day, so the alcohol supply piled up. The soldiers were not allowed to sell the alcohol to local civilians due to local religious rules, so the military must evacuate all of it.
Troops from the coalition of Western nations that undertook military operations in Afghanistan are scheduled to leave the country by Sept. 11.
The army hired a civilian contractor to get the beer out of the country. After the evacuation is complete, the contractor may sell the beer on its own and use that revenue to cover the cost of the transportation, said German Defense Ministry Spokeswoman Christina Routsi.
There is no word on how long the contractor will take to bring the beer out of the camp.
While the alcohol is not to be abandoned, some equipment will be left behind in the camp, though it is unclear what specific pieces the army will jettison.
This is not the first time that the military has left a foreign country with an alcohol-related issue.
The capital’s supplies were replenished within three days after the troops left.
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Original Author: Charles Hilu
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