Interview with U.S. Special Envoy to Afghanistan "We Will Not Abandon Afghanistan"

Zalmay Khalilzad is the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan. DER SPIEGEL speaks with him about rising violence in the country, the danger of another civil war and what the U.S. is doing to prevent it.
Interview Conducted by Susanne Koelbl
Destroyed oil tanks near Kabul: Those who can have already begun leaving the country.

Destroyed oil tanks near Kabul: Those who can have already begun leaving the country.

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HEDAYATULLAH AMID / EPA

"Both sides have to be realistic about finding common ground. If there is no peace agreement, the alternative is not a Taliban victory."
"War is expensive for the Taliban as well."
"The Afghan security forces are a national institution worthy of support and we will keep supporting them."
Afghans fleeing attacks in the Helmand Province.

Afghans fleeing attacks in the Helmand Province.

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"The Taliban have an important historic choice to make."