After a mission lasting more than a decade, Germany's Bundeswehr is leaving its base in Kunduz in northern Afghanistan. If all goes according to plan nearly all foreign troops will have left the country by the end of 2014. But in many regions the Taliban are on the advance.
Reconstruction and building democracy - that became the mission once the Taliban had been pushed back by a US-led invasion in 2001. Now, after more than 10 years, the balance sheet for the mission is a mixed one.
Malaiz Chopan-Daud, a Berlin-based independent analyst; founder of Afghan Youth Foundation for Unity (AYFUn) and Young Leaders Forum (YLF).
Robert Reid - Associated Press chief of bureau for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Karin Schädler - freelance journalist in Berlin, focusing on the topics of migration and religions, especially in the Arab world, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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