As thousands of German troops return home from Afghanistan, many in the country are saying that old ghosts are causing new neglect. “German society is not really prepared for these issues, because there is no tradition of it,” said Ulrich Schlie, director of policy planning at the German Defense Ministry.
A German soldier keeps watch during a patrol near Taloqan, the capital of Takhar province in Afghanistan. Germany is the third biggest supplier of troops to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, after the United States and Britain. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images Buy Photo