German Foreign Minister on the Afghanistan Debacle "I Don't Know If It's Possible to Completely Make Up for Everything"

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has been under fire since the fall of Kabul. In a DER SPIEGEL interview, he speaks about the mistakes that have been made and the dangers of the rescue operation currently under way in Afghanistan.
Interview Conducted by Melanie Amann und Christoph Schult
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas

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Peter Rigaud / DER SPIEGEL

DER SPIEGEL 34/2021
SPIEGEL International
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"The behavior of the Afghan government and armed forces is really hard to believe. Analyzing the real reasons behind it will be important for any future undertaking."
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Afghanistan in April.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Afghanistan in April.

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A group of evacuees in a German military plane at the Kabul airport on August 17.

A group of evacuees in a German military plane at the Kabul airport on August 17.

Foto: Marc Tessensohn / AP