Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: June 2011

What the US Senate’s report on Afghanistan does and doesn’t say

Martine van Bijlert

Last week the US Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations released its evaluation of US foreign assistance to Afghanistan. The report received a lot of attention, mainly as a result of the power and urgency of its message: that much of US assistance is expensive, unsustainable and based on shaky premises. These issues warrant all the […]

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Rivals to Afghanistan’s president in disarray

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Washington Post, 13 June 2011 Pam Constable’s analysis of the Afghan ‘opposition’, i.e. former Jamiat/Northern Alliance: ‘Their effort has foundered despite high-profile leaders, a strong presence in parliament, a flurry of meetings and a large rally in the capital last month.’ And she quotes Afghan analysts Haroun Mir as saying about them: ‘There is a […]

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Secret US and Afghanistan talks could see troops stay for decades

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Guardian, 13 June 2011 Jason Burke weighs the implications of the Afghan-US strategic agreement ans says that Washington wants it finished in summer, before Obama’s declaration on a frist troop ‘drawdown’. This clashes with the Afghan idea to have such an agreement (or its priciples) agreed by a Loya Jirga. Apart, there are a few […]

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Innovative Loya Jirga-ism

Thomas Ruttig

President Karzai announced during a press conference on 31 May that a Loya Jirga was due ‘in the coming days’ (my emphasis) to discuss ‘the strategic relationships with the U.S, [that] all the people of Afghanistan from all different parts will gather together[,] view their options and the final decision will be made by Afghans’. […]

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Taleban ba rawand-e solh paiwastand ya arbakiha? (Did the Taleban join the peace process or the arbaki?)

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Hasht-e Sobh (Kabul), 22 Jauza 1390 (12 June 2011) A very good question by the Kabul daily, about some former Talebs in Badakhshan province.

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How the West Contributed to the ANSF’s Dire State

Thomas Ruttig

The Independent on Sunday came out today with an article highlighting the dire state of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). The article’s headline is self-explanatory: ‘After 10 years, no security unit is fit to take over from coalition in Afghanistan’. Indeed, there are grave concerns whether the ANSF can fully take over by 2014 […]

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U.S. Sending Training Agents to Afghanistan to Stem Infiltration of Local Forces

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New York Times, 11 June 2011 The US has started sending 80 counterintelligence experts (why call them training agents?) to Afghanistan to review profiles and tighten recruitment procedures for the Afghan security forces. According to the article at least 57 people have been killed since March 2009, in at least 19 attacks carried out by […]

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The Peace Process in Nangrahar; what people say

Fabrizio Foschini

It has been a year since the Peace Jirga in Kabul endorsed the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program, APRP (still only a draft then), and the start of the peace process with the successive creation of the High Peace Council. We have been hearing almost everything about it, good or bad, in Kabul. But what […]

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Obama’s Secret Afghan Exit Formula

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The Daily Beast (blog), 11 June 2011 Leslie H. Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, knows what he calls Obama’s and Petraeus’ hush-hush plan about the announced US tropp ‘drawdown’ in Afghanistan which will not be publicly revealed. And he knows where Gates, Clinton, Panetta et al stand on this.

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When Rumour Replaces Logic – The Takhar Killing

Christopher Reuter

When General Mohammed Daud Daud, the highest police officer of the northeast and commander of the Pamir region, was killed by a meticulously prepared bomb in the Takhar governor’s office on May 28th, one thing at least seemed to be clear: who was behind it – in particular after the Taleban proudly announced their responsibility. […]

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Taliban killed Bamiyan’s head of Provincial Council

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The Lost Flaneur (blog), 7 June 2011 An obituary, pointing to a new problem area, the Ghorband valley north of Kabul, and also differentiates the headline a bit – when it says at the end that local HIG people might be responsible for the murder.

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Afghan Taxes Squeezing Poorest

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IWPR, 6 June 2011 ‘As the Afghan government prides itself on boosting budget revenues, it has been accused of using methods that hurt people on modest incomes while letting large businesses off some or all their taxes’ writes Khan Mohammad Daneshju of the Kabul-based IWPR, another contribution of the institute to the under-reported socio-economic situation […]

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