Germany’s long military mission in Afghanistan

Was it worth it? It is a tough question many in Germany are asking, including the families of the 59 German soldiers who lost their lives in Afghanistan. Soldiers of the Bundeswehr — Germany’s armed forces — were expressly told that their mission was not a combat one, but rather a short intervention only, aimed at stabilizing a war-torn country in which al-Qaida founder and September 11 attacks mastermind Osama bin Laden was hiding.

But everything turned out very differently: Germany is…

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