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Terror's Front Lines

Following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, the United States and a broad global alliance invaded Afghanistan to oust the Taliban, fight terrorism and hunt down Osama bin Laden. Almost a decade later, fighting continues in the Hindu Kush and peace and stability remain elusive.

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 ]

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 ]

Dresden Museum: Soldiers Confront a Complex Military History

Dresden Museum: Soldiers Confront a Complex Military History

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2013

The Military History Museum in Dresden has become an important resource for German soldiers, particularly as they wrestle with their evolving role in German society and in the world. By Christopher Alessi more... Comment ]

Pakistani CIA Informant: 'Drone Attacks Are the Right Thing to Do'

Pakistani CIA Informant: 'Drone Attacks Are the Right Thing to Do'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2013

A Pakistani who works as an operative for the CIA spoke to SPIEGEL about his motives for helping the Americans, the civilian casualties of drone attacks and his fear of the Taliban. An Interview By Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]

Kunduz Trial: New Scrutiny for Deadly Afghanistan Attack

Kunduz Trial: New Scrutiny for Deadly Afghanistan Attack

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2013

Four years ago, a German military officer ordered an attack in Afghanistan that killed at least 91 people, many of them civilians. Now that criminal charges against him have been dropped, a civil lawsuit is seeking more compensation for the families of some victims. By Jörg Diehl and Matthias Gebauer more... Comment ]

Afghan Warlord: 'The West Must Give Us Our Weapons Back'

Afghan Warlord: 'The West Must Give Us Our Weapons Back'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 25, 2013

Once, he was the Lion of Herat. Now Ismail Khan is a minister in the government of Afghan president Hamid Karzai. In an interview, he calls for the West to rearm the tribal militias to prevent a civil war once NATO forces leave the country. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Troop Withdrawal: Aid Groups Warn of Afghan Security Vacuum

Troop Withdrawal: Aid Groups Warn of Afghan Security Vacuum

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 30, 2013

The looming end of NATO operations in Afghanistan is creating a security vacuum that puts the entire purpose of the international mission at risk. Aid groups may have to scale down their operations, and Berlin is alarmed at US threats of total withdrawal. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Mazar-e-Sharif Suicides: Poisonous Freedom for Afghan Women

Mazar-e-Sharif Suicides: Poisonous Freedom for Afghan Women

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 25, 2013

Women in Mazar-e-Sharif have straddled the worlds between Western freedoms and conservative traditions for a decade. As the Taliban gains strength and the West pulls out, Afghanistan's most liberal city is being plagued by a rash of suicides. By Nicola Abé in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan more... Comment ]