Close up: Out of Afghanistan - The Bundeswehr’s Arduous Withdrawal
The German military officially closed down its Faisabad base in October 2012. It was a first major test phase ahead of the withdrawal of all Bundeswehr forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. Our correspondent and camera teams followed and documented the step-by-step dismantling of an entire base, even as it continued operations, and at a time of heightened danger of militant attacks. But it is the Afghan civilians who work at the bases who most fear the German pullout. The threat of Taliban retribution is very real.