Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: April 2011

Few politicians say it, but most think it: our Afghan war is a disaster

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Guardian, 11 April 2011 A few sentences of clarity by a journalist who once was optimistic that things in Afghanistan might change but saw that it did not happen.

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Anatomy of an Afghan war tragedy

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LA Times, 10 April 2011 ‘Combat by camera’ and the determination of drone pilots to see a threat where there was none. Released reports and transcripts of the 21 February 2010 US bombing of a civilian convoy in Daikondi show how “Technology can occasionally [sic] give you a false sense of security that you can […]

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Kandahar in Revolt: The Quran demos in the light of history

Felix Kuehn

The sort of violent demonstrations which took place in Kandahar in the first week of April against the burning of a Qur’an in the United States, with large gatherings of people and clashes with Afghan security forces, have not been seen since the late 1950s and early 1980s. Usually, says our guest blogger, the freelance […]

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Smoke signals about a new Afghan cabinet in the making

Thomas Ruttig

Kabul’s rumour mill is up to speed again on the issue of a possible – and necessary – cabinet reshuffle. President Karzai has for months been working with a rump cabinet with seven acting ministers. It has now been confirmed from within the parliament that four names have been submitted for a new vote, all […]

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ANALYSIS: Afghan police – civilians or combatants?

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IRIN, 7 April 2011 This author-less article of the UN news agency says that ‘discrepancies in the number of civilian casualties of war in Afghanistan and the varying levels of blame attributed to warring parties by the UN and human rights organizations could, in part, be due to different interpretations of the legal status of […]

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Raids on ex-Taliban threaten Afghan peace process, diplomats warn

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Guardian, 6 April 2011 A story about a number of night raids on former Taleban Zaeef and Arsala Rahmani’s houses in Kabul by foreign and NDS forces. It quotes another ex-Taleb and member of the HPC Mujahed as saying: ‘We get phoned up by HPC [High Peace Council] members all the time, complaining that their […]

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Afghanistan: UN Losing PR Battle in Kabul

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Eurasianet, 6 April 2011 In the light of the recent unrest in Mazar and the Afghan government’s letter to limit the Unama mandate, Aunohita Mojumdar says that the United Nations ‘is struggling to remain relevant in Afghanistan. At the heart of the UN’s challenge is a growing perception that it has lost the trust and […]

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Towards a More United Voice of Civil Society

Fabrizio Foschini

During the last months, AAN’s Fabrizio Foschini has had the chance to follow closely the process leading to the formation of a network of Afghan civil society organisations, its path to a two-day conference in Kabul, and its plans for future initiatives. ‘On one thing I don’t agree with my colleagues: this is not the […]

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‘Taleban surrenders’ not all they seem

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IWPR, 4 April 2011 An interesting reality check of the reintegration programme: Sources interviewed by IWPR in northern Afghanistan say many of those coming over to the government are not insurgents at all but rather many of them originally part of the mujahedin who fought the Soviet-backed government in the 1980s, were supposed to have […]

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(Former) Red Lines and Blue Helmets: More on the Century Foundation report

Barbara Stapleton

AAN continues commenting on the Century Foundation’s Afghanistan Task Force report on ‘Negotiating Peace’. Today, Barbara J. Stapleton(*) points to the issue of (non-)permanent US bases in Afghanistan, to Hillary Clinton’s Asia Society speech that turned ‘red lines’ into an ’end state’, to Pakistan’s role and to the idea to deploy UN blue helmets after […]

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Celebrating Nawruz in Mazar-e Sharif, 2005 (Photo: Thomas Ruttig)

The Dead of Mazar

Thomas Ruttig

Today, our thoughts are with the UN colleagues who were killed in Mazar-e Sharif yesterday and also with the Afghans killed there(*), not knowing whether they had just been using their constitutional right to demonstrate or indeed had murder in their hearts. And we hope that Pastor Jones in Gainesville, Florida, had a sleepless night, […]

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Abdul Ahad Momand – the first Afghan in space

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Financial Times, 1 April 2011 What many may thing is a joke on April fools’ day, is nothing but the truth: Momand was a cosmonaut in the Soviet space programme and boarded a Soyuz spaceship in 1988. He now lives in Germany.

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