This Associated Press video says about itself:
Protest as Germany deports Afghan refugees
(14 Dec 2016) Germany deported around 50 Afghans to their homeland on Wednesday after after their asylum bids were rejected.
They left on Wednesday evening from Frankfurt airport as dozens of people gathered to rally against the deportation.
Only 18 Afghan citizens were deported in the first half of 2016, according to government figures.
More than 12,500 Afghans have received orders to leave the country, but not yet been deported.
Instead, it has tried to convince them to go home on a voluntary basis by offering financial incentives upon their return.
Recently, however the government has said it would toughen its stance on rejected asylum-seekers and that more people would be deported.
By Steve Sweeney in Britain:
Last-minute reprieve for young Afghan
Monday 28th August 2017
Pilot refuses to fly man who has been threatened by Taliban
Samim Bigzad, 22, was detained after he attended his monthly appointment at a London immigration office in July. His initial asylum claim was rejected in March 2016 and subsequent appeals were also refused.
He was due to be taken on a Turkish Airlines commercial flight via Istanbul on Saturday, however campaigners said he is still in the country because he did not board the plane.
A protest group at Heathrow pleaded with the airline not to “collude with the British government and facilitate the deportation of a young man who faces execution if he returns to Afghanistan.”
They spoke with passengers and airline officials, who said they would pass on concerns to the captain and crew.
Protest organiser Bridget Chapman said: “Looks like the pilot refused to take him.”
Mr Bigzad has been the main carer for his father – a British citizen who suffers from PTSD following his torture and jailing by the Taliban almost 20 years ago – and had visited him every day at his B&B room, brought him food and accompanied him to the mosque.
Ms Rafferty had launched a petition appealing to Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis to allow him to stay in Britain so that he could gather fresh evidence for the review of his asylum application.
Mr Bigzad arrived in Britain in November 2015 having spent some time living in the Calais refugee camp in northern France.
He was placed to live with Kavel Rafferty in Margate through the Kent Refugee Action Network and Refugees at Home.
Ms Rafferty said: “The pilot wouldn’t fly him. We can do things, we can change things. I know it’s not over, but this is a small victory for us, for kindness and something other.”
The High Court ruled in March last year that deportations to Afghanistan could resume following a blanket ban imposed in August 2015.
A Home Office spokeswoman said that they would not comment on individual cases.
European governments have deported almost 10,000 Afghans to risk of death and torture, Amnesty finds. Bloc ‘wilfully blind’ to evidence of atrocities in the country, says charity: here.
Janine Jackson interviewed Phyllis Bennis about Trump’s Afghan War escalation for the August 25, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.