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Afghanistan War Logs

The more than 90,000 US military field reports leaked to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks shows an unfiltered picture of the NATO mission in Afghanistan. The reports reveal the activities of a secret US assassination squad, Pakistan's suspected support of the Taliban and the little progress made by the German Bundeswehr.

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Troop Withdrawal Aid Groups Warn of Afghan Security Vacuum

The looming end of NATO operations in Afghanistan is creating a security vacuum that puts the entire purpose of the international mission at risk. Aid groups may have to scale down their operations, and Berlin is alarmed at US threats of total withdrawal. Von SPIEGEL Staff
30. Juli 2013, 14:39 Uhr

Public Enemy Number One Why Taliban Leader Rahman Is Berlin's Top Priority

German intelligence and special forces were instrumental in the recent arrest of Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Rahman. Ever since he hijacked two NATO tanker trucks in 2009, he has been a top priority for Berlin. Now, the government is even considering having him extradited to face justice in Germany. Von Matthias Gebauer, Gordon Repinski, Christoph Reuter und Holger Stark
30. Oktober 2012, 13:43 Uhr

The World from Berlin Assange Case Exposes 'International Hypocrisy'

Ecuador may have granted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asylum, but it seems unlikely that he will ever make it to the South American country. More to the point, say German commentators, is the fact that both Ecuador and Britain have granted Assange an even larger soap box.
17. August 2012, 14:28 Uhr

A 'Fundamental Human Right' Ecuador Grants Assange Political Asylum

Ecuador on Thursday said it would grant political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the country's embassy in London for weeks now. Britain says it still intends to extradite the whistleblower to Sweden, where he faces questioning over allegations of sexual offenses.
16. August 2012, 16:36 Uhr

Whistleblower in Court US Determined to Punish Bradley Manning

For some, Bradley Manning is a hero. Others feel that the US soldier, who is accused of providing secret documents to WikiLeaks, is a traitor and a threat to American security. The military proceedings against him, which begin Friday, are likely to end in a guilty verdict. Von Marcel Rosenbach und Gregor Peter Schmitz
15. Dezember 2011, 08:16 Uhr

Preparing for Withdrawal German Military Fears Civil War in Afghanistan

Officially, NATO troops in Afghanistan are making progress in the fight against the Taliban and will be able to hand over security responsibilities to Kabul as planned in 2014. Unofficially, according to secret US and German documents revealed in a German daily, military leaders fear civil war once they depart.
2. Dezember 2011, 10:49 Uhr

Ten Years in Afghanistan German General Says NATO Mission Has 'Failed'

A top German general who was instrumental in planning the Bundeswehr's mission in Afghanistan has said that the intervention has failed and the Taliban will regain power within months of withdrawal. Ten years after the invasion, he is far from alone with his critique.
7. Oktober 2011, 13:43 Uhr

Hate and Violence Mood in Northern Afghanistan Shifts against German Troops

The situation is in northern Afghanistan is deteriorating. Bomb attacks against German soldiers are increasing in frequency and force, and local ambivalence has turned into hate. The risk for Bundeswehr troops deployed in the country has increased as has the number killed. Von Matthias Gebauer, Susanne Koelbl und Christoph Reuter
7. Juni 2011, 17:28 Uhr

New Book from Assange's Deputy The Difficult Partnership of WikiLeaks' Leadership Duo

The release of a new book by former WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg marks the end of a friendship with Julian Assange. But the book lacks the kind of analysis of WikiLeaks' influence on politics that one might have hoped for. It often feels more like the story of a spurned lover than an important historical account. Von Michael Sontheimer
10. Februar 2011, 15:26 Uhr

Internal Strife at WikiLeaks German Spokesman Says He Will Leave Website

A dispute has broken out within the leadership of WikiLeaks, the website known for publishing classified documents including the Afghanistan war logs. In an interview with SPIEGEL, WikiLeaks' German spokesman has said he will leave the organization as a result of rows with founder Julian Assange.
25. September 2010, 10:41 Uhr

'Capture or Kill' Germany Gave Names to Secret Taliban Hit List

The Afghanistan war logs obtained by WikiLeaks revealed the existence of Task Force 373, a secret US unit assigned with eliminating Taliban leaders. Now SPIEGEL has learned that the German government provided names to the hit list used by the unit. At least one of the men is now dead. By SPIEGEL staff.
2. August 2010, 11:50 Uhr

Washington's Hidden Enemy Logs Suggest Pakistani Intelligence Controls Course of War

Pakistan's intelligence agency, the ISI, appears frequently in the war logs obtained by WikiLeaks. They suggest that even as Pakistan served as an ally to the United States, it was still secretly helping the Taliban in its insurgency in Afghanistan. The documents also suggest a major role is played by former ISI chief Hamid Gul. Von Matthias Gebauer, John Goetz, Hans Hoyng, Susanne Koelbl, Marcel Rosenbach und Gregor Peter Schmitz
28. Juli 2010, 15:03 Uhr

Accident-Prone Wonder Weapons Afghanistan War Logs Reveal Shortcomings of US Drones

Remote-controlled drones are supposed to be the miracle weapon of the Afghanistan conflict, taking out Taliban fighters with precision missiles and protecting Western forces. But the war logs files obtained by WikiLeaks show that system failures, computer glitches and human errors are plaguing drone missions. Von Matthias Gebauer, John Goetz, Hans Hoyng, Susanne Koelbl, Marcel Rosenbach und Gregor Peter Schmitz
27. Juli 2010, 15:53 Uhr

The Whistleblowers Is WikiLeaks a Blessing or Curse for Democracy?

The whistleblowing organization WikiLeaks, which posted the Afghanistan war logs this week, has made publishing government secrets its mission. Many see founder Julian Assange as a hero, but others, including the Pentagon, consider him a threat to national security. Von John Goetz und Marcel Rosenbach
27. Juli 2010, 13:12 Uhr

The World From Berlin 'War Logs Could Shatter Hopes of Success in Afghanistan'

The uncovering of almost 92,000 United States military war logs by WikiLeaks provides further evidence that the US and its allies are failing to make headway in Afghanistan, write German commentators. The logs may contain few surprises, but their gruesome illustration of the scale of operations over years has the potential to wreck any hopes that the war can be won.
27. Juli 2010, 12:48 Uhr

Leaked Afghan War Documents Former Pakistan ISI Chief Gul Denies US Accusations

What part did Pakistan's former intelligence chief Hamid Gul play in Afghanistan? Die he support the Taliban, as leaked US documents on the war suggest? The former general vehemently denies the accusations. The whole thing is "pure fiction," he says -- a conspiracy aimed at discrediting him. Von Hasnain Kazim
26. Juli 2010, 18:37 Uhr