After almost two days of silence, the Taleban have finally admitted that their supreme leader, Mullah Muhammad Omar Mujahed, as they call him, has died. On 31 July 2015, they also announced the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansur, previously Omar’s deputy, as their new leader. Reportedly, this also includes the key title of amir ul-momenin – commander of the faithful – in an attempt to transfer the dead leader’s religious legitimacy to the new man at ►
AAN has just reported about an area in Central Afghanistan, the Shah Foladi in the Koh-e Baba mountain range, that was recently declared a new conservation area for its botanical diversity. This reminded AAN’s co-director Thomas Ruttig of a first ‘botanical’ expedition – 80 years ago, in 1935 – to another isolated mountainous region of Afghanistan: Nuristan. It was organised by Germany, and it was the first scientific expedition allowed into the country by the ►
Afghanistan has a new protected conservation area – the Shah Foladi: 2,700 square kilometres on the north side of the Koh-e Baba range of the Hindu Kush in Bamyan province. This mix of irrigated valleys, upland rangeland and high peaks is important for wildlife (270 species of birds, including many seasonal migrants, and many flowering plants found only in Afghanistan) and part of a nationally important watershed. As Kate Clark reports, it is very much a human ►
In order to strengthen the Kabul-based communication and research team, AAN is seeking to recruit two new staff members for its Kabul office.
Depending on skills, training and experience, they will be hired for the position of:
Senior Research Editor
Researcher (both senior and junior applications will be considered)
We are a small, creative and hard-working team and we are looking for individuals who share our commitment to Afghanistan, and to ►
With the long and hot days of Ramadan fasting over, we hope that the coming Eid Al Fitr holidays will bring some sweet time with family and friends to all of you.
The Afghanistan Analysts Network wishes a peaceful Eid Al Fitr to all its friends and readers, to all Muslims and particularly to the people of Afghanistan.
May Allah accept your prayers!
د رمضان د روژې د اوږدو او ګرمو ورځو له پای ته رسېدو سره، موږ تاسې ►
From Mullah Omar to Mansur: Change at the Taleban’s top leadership
The Hunt for the Holy Wheat Grail: A not so ‘botanical’ expedition in 1935
Protecting Beauty: Shah Foladi – a new conservation area for Afghanistan
Two Vacancies at AAN: Senior Research Editor and Researcher (Deadline: 31 July 2015)