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Syria's Mercenaries: The Afghans Fighting Assad's War

Syria's Mercenaries: The Afghans Fighting Assad's War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 11, 2015

Syrian dictator Bashar Assad is running out of soldiers and is forced to rely on mercenaries in his ongoing battle against rebels. Many of his foreign fighters come from Afghanistan -- men like Murad, who is now being held in Aleppo as a prisoner-of-war. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

A War Waged From German Soil: US Ramstein Base Key in Drone Attacks

A War Waged From German Soil: US Ramstein Base Key in Drone Attacks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 22, 2015

The US Air Force base in Ramstein is a central and indispensible element in Barack Obama's controversial use of drones in the war against terror. New documents are creating pressure for both Washington and the German government. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Obama's Lists: A Dubious History of Targeted Killings in Afghanistan

Obama's Lists: A Dubious History of Targeted Killings in Afghanistan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 28, 2014

Combat operations in Afghanistan may be coming to an end, but a look at secret NATO documents reveals that the US and the UK were far less scrupulous in choosing targets for killing than previously believed. Drug dealers were also on the lists. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Road to Bamiyan: A Public Works Debacle that Defines Afghanistan

The Road to Bamiyan: A Public Works Debacle that Defines Afghanistan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 30, 2014

It was to be a symbol of reconstructed Afghanistan: a paved highway from Kabul to the beautiful valley of Bamiyan. Construction has long been underway, but the project may never be completed -- a victim of the realities in present-day Afghanistan. By Jochen-Martin Gutsch more... Comment ]

What Germany Left Behind: A Feeling of Abandonment in North Afghanistan

What Germany Left Behind: A Feeling of Abandonment in North Afghanistan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 22, 2014

Six months ago, Germany's military withdrew from Kunduz in northern Afghanistan. Since then, regional security has eroded and many of those left behind feel abandoned. Some say that the departure came too soon. By Nicola Abé more... Comment ]

Cheerful and Unflappable: Remembering the Photographer Anja Niedringhaus

Cheerful and Unflappable: Remembering the Photographer Anja Niedringhaus

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 07, 2014

German photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus spent her life documenting wars, but she never allowed the difficult job to get the better of her. One of SPIEGEL's own war correspondents commemorates the work of a longtime colleague killed in Afghanistan on Friday. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Hamid's Shadow: Karzai Confidant Takes Aim at Afghan Presidency

Hamid's Shadow: Karzai Confidant Takes Aim at Afghan Presidency

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 27, 2014

Zalmai Rassoul has long been a close political ally of Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Now, he is campaigning to succeed his mentor. With Karzai backing Rassoul, many believe the outgoing leader is seeking to retain his influence. By Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]

The Front Lines: Germany's Difficult Year in Africa and Afghanistan

The Front Lines: Germany's Difficult Year in Africa and Afghanistan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 21, 2014

It won't be an easy year for new Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen. The German military is facing a new mission in Africa while at the same time orchestrating a challenging withdrawal from war-torn Afghanistan. Potential pitfalls are numerous. By Matthias Gebauer, Gordon Repinski and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Taliban Revenge: The Plight of Germany's Afghan Staff

Taliban Revenge: The Plight of Germany's Afghan Staff

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 18, 2013

Berlin is under pressure following the murder of a former Afghan interpreter who worked for the German army. The Taliban had threatened him for working with foreign troops. But only a small number of Afghan staff are getting German residence permits. By Nicola Abé, Matthias Gebauer and Anders Somme Hammer more... Comment ]

Kunduz Bombing: German Court Drops Case Over Civilian Deaths

Kunduz Bombing: German Court Drops Case Over Civilian Deaths

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 11, 2013

A German court has ruled that the country is not liable for damages relating to the 2009 bombing of hijacked tanker trucks that killed dozens of civilians. Lawyers representing the victims had been seeking damages from Berlin. more...


Fläche: 652.864 km²

Bevölkerung: 26,023 Mio.

Hauptstadt: Kabul

Staatsoberhaupt:
Ashraf Ghani Ahmadsai

Regierungschef: Abdullah Abdullah

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