Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: March 2011

U.N. Reported Only a Fraction of Civilian Deaths from U.S. Raids in Afghanistan

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IPS, 25 March 2011 The recent UN/AIHRC report about civilian casualties failed to apply the same humanitarian law standard for defining a civilian to SOF raids that it applied to Taliban assassinations, report Gareth Porter and Shah Noori. According to the AIHRC, the figure for SOF casualties represented only 13 incidents that the commission had […]

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The Risks of Rising Anti-American Feelings in Kabul

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Eurasianet, 24 March 2011 Additional for US soldiers posing with the corpses of randomly killed civilians (the trial is under way), the Quran burning in the US and incidents of more civilian casualties during special forces operations, Aunohita Mojumdar reports, that also day-to-day behaviour is contributing to increased anti-US feelings in Kabul, and she tells […]

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It Needs Two to Talk: Reading the Century Foundation report

Thomas Ruttig

Today, the US-based Century Foundation (TCF) came out with a comprehensive report containing a set of proposals on ‘Negotiating Peace’ in Afghanistan. It is not the first – and won’t be the last – paper of this kind but, with Brahimi and Pickering as co-chairs of this Task Force and Vendrell, Guehenno and others on […]

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Talking about peace talks; a morass of misunderstandings and abstractions

Martine van Bijlert

For a while now I have been feeling uneasy over the direction the debate on ‘talking to the Taleban’ is taking. The more I listen to conversation about reaching some kind of settlement, the more I feel as if I am wading into a morass of misunderstandings and abstractions, with a potentially dangerous level of […]

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Guest Blog: Afghanistan After 2014 – Thinking about Scenarios

Almut Wieland-Karimi

While much of current international attention is focussed on the time from now to 2014, with the enteqal (handover) process moving into the focus – President Karzai just had defined the first seven areas of security responsibility affair, namely three full provinces and four other provincial capitals – in particular many Afghans look at the […]

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Museums and Massacres

Kate Clark

A new exhibition at the Kabul Museum has opened with the display of some exquisitely beautiful exhibits, newly found at the archaeological dig which is preceding the development of the Mes-e Ainak copper mine in Logar. Ambassadors, generals and ministers gathered with curators and archaeologists for the opening and an announcement that a new Afghan […]

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Adams Krieg (Adam’s War, in German)

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Spiegel 12/2011 (21 March 2011) The story about twelve US soldiers who created what they called a ‘Kill Team’ at FOB Ramrod, Kandahar – a stroy from a war that – as the magazine summarises – ‘has lost view ar its initial cause’ and in which soldiers have developed ‘pure hatred for all Afghans’. The […]

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Pashtunwali – tribal life and behaviour among the Pashtuns

Lutz Rzehak

‘Doing Pashto: Pashtunwali as the ideal of honourable behaviour and tribal life among the Pashtuns’ – this new thematic report by Lutz Rzehak provides an overview about the way of life of the Pashtuns, often called Pashtunwali. The term features prominently when civilian and military actors in Afghanistan discuss ways of engaging the civilian population […]

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Kriegsverbrechen in Afghanistan (War Crimes in Afghanistan)

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N24 (German TV), 20 March 2011 Next week, the process against twelve US soldiers who run what they called a ‘kill team’ at FOB Ramrod in Kandahar province will start in the US. They apparently shot Afghan innocent civilians, manipulated the crime scene, took photos and collected body parts as trophies. Although under arrest, the […]

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Destruction is Rebuilding, or: Fare thee well, population-centric COIN

Thomas Ruttig

Words and deeds differ more and more in the US strategy in Afghanistan. A blogger made AAN’s Senior Analyst Thomas Ruttig think about her question ‘Is This What Population-centric Counterinsurgency Looks Like?’, remember some reports he read recently and conclude that the answer is ‘no’. Yesterday, we added a blogdescribing – and carrying a photo of […]

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Revealed: Afghan chief accused of campaign of terror is on US payroll

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The Independent, 18 March 2011 This article by Julius Cavendish throws some light on another of the shadowy forces operating in Afghanistan, the so-called ‘Afghan security guards’, also known amongst Afghans as ‘campaign’. It reveals that one commander in Urgun, Paktika, operates together with US special forces despite ‘persistent allegations that he launched a two-year […]

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Ghor Warlords Accused of Abusing Women

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IWPR, 17 March 2011 IWPR has gathered evidence from provincial government officials, police and residents of Ghor, who report that numerous grave human rights abuses are being committed by militia forces which in theory are not even supposed to exist any more – a tell-tale story about the ‘success’ of the Disbandment of Illegal Armed […]

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