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Truppenabzug aus Afghanistan: Tür auf für die Taliban

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Tageszeitung, 15 April 2021

Op-ed commentary by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig in the Berlin-based daily about the US announcement of an unconditional troop withdrawal from Afghanistan (in German):

Since the US and its Western allies are not innocent of the messy situation in Afghanistan, the withdrawal of troops as a door opener for the Taliban is at least a sign of self-unconciousness. It is nothing but arrogant towards the Afghan civilian population, who have to face the consequences alone. With its hand on the money tap, the West may be able to dampen some of the worst consequences. But nothing more.