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War Diaries

The more than 90,000 US military field reports leaked to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks shows an unfiltered picture of the NATO mission in Afghanistan. The reports reveal the activities of a secret US assassination squad, Pakistan's suspected support of the Taliban and the little progress made by the German Bundeswehr.

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 ]

Public Enemy Number One: Why Taliban Leader Rahman Is Berlin's Top Priority

Public Enemy Number One: Why Taliban Leader Rahman Is Berlin's Top Priority

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2012

German intelligence and special forces were instrumental in the recent arrest of Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Rahman. Ever since he hijacked two NATO tanker trucks in 2009, he has been a top priority for Berlin. Now, the government is even considering having him extradited to face justice in Germany. By Matthias Gebauer, Gordon Repinski, Christoph Reuter and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

The World from Berlin: Assange Case Exposes 'International Hypocrisy'

The World from Berlin: Assange Case Exposes 'International Hypocrisy'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 17, 2012

Ecuador may have granted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asylum, but it seems unlikely that he will ever make it to the South American country. More to the point, say German commentators, is the fact that both Ecuador and Britain have granted Assange an even larger soap box. more...

A 'Fundamental Human Right': Ecuador Grants Assange Political Asylum

A 'Fundamental Human Right': Ecuador Grants Assange Political Asylum

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 16, 2012

Ecuador on Thursday said it would grant political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the country's embassy in London for weeks now. Britain says it still intends to extradite the whistleblower to Sweden, where he faces questioning over allegations of sexual offenses. more... Comment ]

Whistleblower in Court: US Determined to Punish Bradley Manning

Whistleblower in Court: US Determined to Punish Bradley Manning

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 15, 2011

For some, Bradley Manning is a hero. Others feel that the US soldier, who is accused of providing secret documents to WikiLeaks, is a traitor and a threat to American security. The military proceedings against him, which begin Friday, are likely to end in a guilty verdict. By Marcel Rosenbach and Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]

Preparing for Withdrawal: German Military Fears Civil War in Afghanistan

Preparing for Withdrawal: German Military Fears Civil War in Afghanistan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 02, 2011

Officially, NATO troops in Afghanistan are making progress in the fight against the Taliban and will be able to hand over security responsibilities to Kabul as planned in 2014. Unofficially, according to secret US and German documents revealed in a German daily, military leaders fear civil war once they depart. more...

Ten Years in Afghanistan: German General Says NATO Mission Has 'Failed'

Ten Years in Afghanistan: German General Says NATO Mission Has 'Failed'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 07, 2011

A top German general who was instrumental in planning the Bundeswehr's mission in Afghanistan has said that the intervention has failed and the Taliban will regain power within months of withdrawal. Ten years after the invasion, he is far from alone with his critique. more...

Hate and Violence: Mood in Northern Afghanistan Shifts against German Troops

Hate and Violence: Mood in Northern Afghanistan Shifts against German Troops

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 07, 2011

The situation is in northern Afghanistan is deteriorating. Bomb attacks against German soldiers are increasing in frequency and force, and local ambivalence has turned into hate. The risk for Bundeswehr troops deployed in the country has increased as has the number killed. By Matthias Gebauer, Susanne Koelbl and Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

New Book from Assange's Deputy: The Difficult Partnership of WikiLeaks' Leadership Duo

New Book from Assange's Deputy: The Difficult Partnership of WikiLeaks' Leadership Duo

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 10, 2011

The release of a new book by former WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg marks the end of a friendship with Julian Assange. But the book lacks the kind of analysis of WikiLeaks' influence on politics that one might have hoped for. It often feels more like the story of a spurned lover than an important historical account. By Michael Sontheimer more... Comment ]

'A Decisive Transformation': Berlin Exudes Optimism in Extending Afghanistan Mandate

'A Decisive Transformation': Berlin Exudes Optimism in Extending Afghanistan Mandate

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 12, 2011

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet is confident that improvements are just around the corner in Afghanistan. The government in Berlin agreed on an extension of the mandate authorizing its presence in the war-torn country by one year on Wednesday -- and hope was in no short supply. more...