Kabul attack: How safe is Afghanistan?

We just witnessed a huge attack in Kabul ith 80 dead. On the other hand countries like Germany are sending back ever greater numbers of asylum applicants from Afghanistan basically saying that the country is safe. This approach was paused after the attack and I know every case is different but how do you think the EU countries should deal with Afghan refugees? Read few comments.

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Does Afghanistan need more foreign troops?

US commander in Afghanistan General John Nicholson was talking about stalemate in Afghanistan, about the need for few thousands more troops. There are still more than 13 000 NATO soldiers, including 8 400 US troops, deployed to Afghanistan. Mainly in the framework of training mission Resolute Support.

General John Nicholson (Commander Resolute Support) with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Credit:

General John Nicholson (Commander Resolute Support) with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Credit: http://www.nato.int

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US airstrike hit hospital in Kunduz. What repercussions may this have?

As the UN called Afghan hospital attack in Kunduz that killed 19 people possibly criminal, would you say this tragic incident may also have some repercussion for the future presence of international forces in Afghanistan? Read few comments.ň

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Irregular quote of the day

Jorrit Kamminga,  Policy Advisor of Oxfam Novib and Senior Visiting Fellow of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael.

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Justice for Farkhunda. But will it happen in Afghanistan?

After the lynching of innocent woman by mob in Kabul there is a hashtag #JusticeforFarkhunda, there are protests and the Afghan government said it will have to work on measures, and this incident will bring a lot of changes. So from your point of view what changes are necessary to prevent similar violence in the future and how optimistic or pessimistic are you about implementing any changes that could make a difference? Read few comments.

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13 years in Afghanistan: What have we learned?

The U.S.-NATO led coalition in Afghanistan formally ended its combat mission. The West have spent 13 years in Afghanistan and the military operation continues, in different format though. We are hardly witnessing celebratory fanfares from politicians about the achieved victory. But would you say we have learned any lesson? Is it something the West should base its next presence in Afghanistan and what should we reject and maybe completely forget about?

Slovak soldiers in Afghanistan. Credit: Andrej Matisak

Slovak soldiers in Afghanistan. Credit: Andrej Matisak

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Will new political uncertainty in Afghanistan affect post-2014 mission?

According to preliminary results Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani won the election with 56.44 percent of the vote. But his rival Abdullah Abdullah rejected the results.

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