Taliban advance: Is Afghanistan lost?
After the withdrawal of Western forces, will the Taliban soon take control of the whole of Afghanistan? Or can the Islamists be stopped? Guests: Sandra Petersmann (DW), Thomas Ruttig (Afghanistan Analysts Network), Ahmad Wali Achakzai (DW)
Sandra Petersmann, Afghanistan expert with Deutsche Welle's investigative unit. She says: "Germany needs to conduct a ruthless and independent review of its most expensive and bloodiest foreign mission to date."
Thomas Ruttig, Co-director with the independent think tank "Afghanistan Analysts Network". His opinion: "The West quite simply got it wrong and must bear the bulk of the blame for the current crisis in Afghanistan."
Ahmad Wali Achakzai from DW's Dari und Pashto desk. He argues that: "The overhasty invasion of Afghanistan was a mistake. The planless exit is a catastrophe."