Meanwhile, NATO handed the Taliban a big political victory because of air strikes in the northern province of Kunduz, which left over 100 people dead and injured. The Taliban portrayed the incident as an intentional massacre. In Germany, well over two thirds of the country already favor a withdrawal of the 4,500 German contingent. Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded that the "international community" needed to apply pressure on Kabul to insure that the international engagement can be reduced.
Sic transit gloria mundi.