After a chaotic troop withdrawal: US special envoy for Afghanistan resigns

After the chaotic withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, the US special envoy for the country, Zalmay Khalilzad, resigns from his post. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has already named a successor. Khalilzad is the architect of a much-criticized Trump deal with the Taliban. The US special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, who came […]

Lots of requests from Afghans: authorities are registering more asylum applications again

In the first nine months, over a third more asylum applications were made in Germany. One reason is the greater freedom of movement in the pandemic. Another is the situation in Afghanistan. This is also reflected in EU-wide figures – the responsible authority is now sounding the alarm. The number of asylum applications in Germany […]

Strack-Zimmermann im "Early start": "We have a strange relationship with the troops"

Does Germany have a strange relationship with the Bundeswehr? Yes, says the FDP politician Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann. Precisely because of this, the big tattoo in front of the Bundestag was right. The defense policy spokeswoman for the FDP parliamentary group, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, defended the honor of the soldiers in front of the Reichstag building. She also […]

"Are deeply in their debt": Steinmeier pays tribute to Afghanistan soldiers

A 20-year mission is coming to an end: soldiers of the German Armed Forces were deployed in Afghanistan for two decades. Your achievements will now be recognized. But the criticism of the operation – and the chaotic withdrawal – remains loud at the closing roll call. The leaders of the state honored the achievements of […]

Belated recognition: Germany honors its Afghanistan veterans

When the last Bundeswehr soldiers returned from Afghanistan, there was no federal government representative at the airport. Two weeks later, a major tattoo was scheduled, then postponed. The ceremony will take place today. Three and a half months after the Bundeswehr withdrew from Afghanistan, soldiers who were deployed there were honored with a big tattoo. […]

"Open and professional": USA assesses first Taliban meeting positively

For the first time since taking power in Afghanistan, the US is meeting with representatives of the Taliban. The exchange is part of the “pragmatic handling” with the terrorist militia. In addition to security and terrorism issues, there are also warning words. The US has described the first personal talks with the militant Islamist Taliban […]

"Open and professional": USA assesses first Taliban meeting positively

For the first time since taking power in Afghanistan, the US is meeting with representatives of the Taliban. The exchange is part of the “pragmatic handling” with the terrorist militia. In addition to security and terrorism issues, there are also warning words. The US has described the first personal talks with the militant Islamist Taliban […]

Local workers despair in Kabul: "You cannot rely on Germany"

These pictures remain of the Bundeswehr’s mission in Afghanistan: desperate people falling from the wings of planes taking off to their deaths. Thousands of local workers were left behind. Lucas Wehner is involved in the German sponsorship network for local Afghan workers. He would like the federal government to take responsibility for all those who […]