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Ft. McCoy could take in Afghan refugees

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Fort McCoy is getting ready to house refugees from Afghanistan. 

News reports have identified McCoy and Fort Bliss in Texas as two military basis prepared to take in people fleeing Afghanistan, as the Taliban is taking control of that country. 

About 30,000 Afghans could be coming to the U.S.

In the early 1980s, Fort McCoy was a relocation spot for thousands, who either fled from or were sent out of Cuba. 

About 2,500 civilians and 450 military personnel work at Fort McCoy. The base is located on 60,000 acres between Sparta and Tomah, in Monroe County.

Other countries are deciding whether to house people fleeing from Afghanistan.

The head of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right party has refused to make any kind of commitment regarding the possible intake of Afghan refugees following the takeover of the country by the militant Taliban.

Armin Laschet, who is also running to succeed Merkel in national elections next month, said Monday that, “I don’t think we should send out the signal that Germany can accept all those who are currently in trouble.”

In 2015, Germany took in more than one million migrants fleeing war-torn countries like Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.

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