Talban fighters in Herat

Talban fighters in Herat

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Pascal Maitre / Panos Pictures

“Staying Would Be Suicide” With Departure of NATO Troops, the Taliban Gains Ground in Afghanistan

In recent days, both the American and German forces have withdrawn from Afghanistan. The government in Kabul is now on its own, with the Taliban conquering one district after the other. Could they soon lay siege on the capital city?
By Christoph Reuter in Kabul
DER SPIEGEL 28/2021
SPIEGEL International
Children stand in front of a bombed-out business in Kandahar: At night, the streets belong to the Taliban.

Children stand in front of a bombed-out business in Kandahar: At night, the streets belong to the Taliban.

Foto: M. Sadiq / EPA
"We didn’t realize the Americans were gone until it was light. No one told us anything."
Afghan soldiers on the former U.S. base at Bagram: The Afghan elite had somehow convinced themselves the Americans would stay forever.

Afghan soldiers on the former U.S. base at Bagram: The Afghan elite had somehow convinced themselves the Americans would stay forever.

Foto: Haroon Sabawoon / Anadolu Agency / ABACA PRESS / ddp images