Escalation Desired Germany Intensifies Mission in Afghanistan

The German-ordered air strike that led to civilian casualties in Afghanistan in early September was more than an aberration by a Bundeswehr officer. The German government and the military leadership have long supported taking a tougher approach against the Taliban.
Von SPIEGEL Staff
German Bundeswehr troops in Afghanistan: In the past year, reconstruction teams have been transformed into Taliban hunters.

German Bundeswehr troops in Afghanistan: In the past year, reconstruction teams have been transformed into Taliban hunters.

Foto: © Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters/ REUTERS
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan