Taliban fighters in Kabul

Taliban fighters in Kabul

Foto: Rahmat Gul / AP

A Trillion Dollar Illusion The Entirely Predictable Failure of the West's Mission in Afghanistan

In early July, I met with a leading Taliban military commander. I asked when his fighters would arrive in Kabul. His answer: "They are already there." How the Afghanistan mission failed and what happens next.
DER SPIEGEL 34/2021
SPIEGEL International
An anti-Taliban protest in Kabul on Thursday: The Taliban rolled in like an avalanche.

An anti-Taliban protest in Kabul on Thursday: The Taliban rolled in like an avalanche.

Foto: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times / Getty Images
People at the airport in Kabul climbing on a plane belonging to the Afghan airline Kam Air.

People at the airport in Kabul climbing on a plane belonging to the Afghan airline Kam Air.

Foto: Wakil Kohsar / AFP
A U.S. soldier trying to clear the tarmac at the Kabul Airport on Sunday.

A U.S. soldier trying to clear the tarmac at the Kabul Airport on Sunday.

Foto: Wakil Kohsar / AFP
When Joe Biden announced a concrete date for the pull-out in April, many in Afghanistan still refused to believe that the Americans were leaving.
Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai (third from left) with a Taliban delegation.

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai (third from left) with a Taliban delegation.

Foto: Abdullah Abdullah / Facebook / REUTERS
"They fought for the wrong thing. But damn it, they’re prepared to die for it. We aren’t.”

Former militia leader Hadji Jamshid

People stranded at the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

People stranded at the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

Foto: Akhter Gulfam / EPA