Photo Gallery: Merkel's Unannounced Visit to Afghanistan
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Photo Gallery: Merkel's Unannounced Visit to Afghanistan

Afghanistan Exit Kabul and Berlin Estranged as Withdrawal Looms

With the security situation deteriorating in Afghanistan, Chancellor Merkel paid a visit to German troops last week without even informing Afghan President Karzai. The move highlights frosty relations between Berlin and Kabul amid difficult negotiations for the 2014 troop withdrawal. 
Translated from the German by Paul Cohen