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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.

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai: 'We Failed Miserably'

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai: 'We Failed Miserably'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 14, 2018

In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai discusses the failure of the U.S. intervention in Afghanistan, the future of the war and why he would be willing to work with the Trump administration. An Interview by Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]

Battle for Kunduz: The Taliban Erases Western Gains in Afghanistan

Battle for Kunduz: The Taliban Erases Western Gains in Afghanistan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 12, 2016

The Taliban has carried out repeated raids on Kunduz in northern Afghanistan despite ongoing Western presence in the country As the situation has deteriorated, locals have become caught between two fronts -- and the future of the country is at stake. By Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]


Interview with Afghan President Ghani: 'I Have To Hold Our Country Together'

Interview with Afghan President Ghani: 'I Have To Hold Our Country Together'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 02, 2015

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is calling for greater support for Afghanistan, where the Taliban's strength is growing. The fact that tens of thousands are fleeing his country to Europe is likely to be a major topic of his meeting with Chancellor Merkel on Thursday. Interview Conducted by Susanne Koelbl in Kabul, Afghanistan 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 ]


NSA Documents: The Afghanistan Kill List

NSA Documents: The Afghanistan Kill List

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 28, 2014

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 ]


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 ]