German parties weigh in on withdrawal from Afghanistan
04 July 2021 | 2:49 pm
A deployment focused on reconstruction turned into war: The Bundeswehr has left Afghanistan after 20 years. Deutsche Welle asked all parties in parliament to take stock.
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Human Rights Watch says that more than 100 former Afghan security personnel have disappeared or been killed by the Taliban since they came to power in August. The actual number could be much higher than that.
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the Foreign Affairs Committee that the previous presidency left Joe Biden little choice but to complete the withdrawal. Republicans called it "an unmitigated disaster."
For almost a decade, international forces in Mali have been trying to help fight Islamist groups that threatened to take over the country in 2012. But today, the government still only controls the capital and a small area around it. DW's Fred Muvunyi reports.
More Afghans facing extreme poverty are turning to opium production as a means of survival. Despite promises to the contrary, the Taliban are unlikely to oppose cultivation of the narcotic cash crop.
A new report by Amnesty international has documented war crimes and atrocities committed during the fall of the internationally backed Afghan government in August.
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