Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: November 2011

Two Eid messages from the Warring Leaders

Kate Clark

Both General Allen, overall ISAF commander, and Mulla Omar, supreme Taleban leader, have issued messages of felicitations to Afghans for Eid ul-Adha. They make interesting reading. Allen, in a message which rivals Omar’s in terms of Islamic references, appeals to the Taleban to stop fighting and urges the Afghan people to continue standing ‘shoulder-to-shoulder’ with […]

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The upcoming jirga: an agenda with possible backdoors

Thomas Ruttig

Less than two weeks to go to the opening of the long-awaited Traditional Loya Jirga. This meeting of 2030 delegates from all 34 provinces will discuss the strategic US-Afghan agreement and the future approach to reconciliation with the Taleban. About the rest – from its composition to its exact agenda and its authority – there […]

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Crucial plan to reintegrate Afghan insurgents falling flat

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McClatchy Newspapers
, 3 November 2011 Shashank Bengali and Habib Zohori’s rendering of how the reintegration programme in Ghazni is failing.

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Pakistani civilian victims vent anger over US drones

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BBC, 3 November 2011 When tribal elders from the remote Pakistani region of North Waziristan travelled to Islamabad last week to protest against CIA drone strikes, a teenager called Tariq Khan was among them. Four days later, he was dead – beheaded by a drone strike.

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Right and Justice Party launched, as ‘reformist opposition’

Thomas Ruttig

This is the most serious addition to Afghanistan’s political party scene since years: After 14 months of preparations and a two-day conference of its 420 founders on Tuesday and Wednesday, Hezb-e Haq wa Edalat (Right and Justice Party) officially ‘declared its existence’, as you do such things in Afghanistan, today, 3 November, in Kabul. With […]

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India plans ‘world’s most dangerous railroad’ from Afghanistan to Iran

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Daily Telegraph, 2 November 2011 India is planning to build a railroad from Bamian’s Hajigak iron ore deposits to the Iranian port of Chahrbahar on the Arabian Sea in attempt to open a new trade route and reduce Kabul’s dependence on Pakistan. Delhi expects problems with the US, though, who might object to Iran’s role […]

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War of the Narratives: Words, Stories…and Killing

Kate Clark

It has been a bad week for the international military, but – according to the Pentagon – it has also been a good six months. On 28 October 2011, ISAF suffered its worst attack in Kabul ever, with 13 people* killed in a suicide attack, along with four Afghan civilians, 2 of whom were children. […]

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Clinton’s Dubious Plan to Save Afghanistan With a ‘New Silk Road’

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The Atlantic, 2 November 2011 Joshua Kucera’s analysis of the ‘New Silk Road’ plan: designed by Fred Starr, the chair of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, a small Washington think tank, initially dismissed by the State Department, the adopted by Petraeus’ CentCom – and, as he quotes Marlene Laruelle new book ‘Mapping Central Asia’: ‘The underlying […]

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The Ally From Hell

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The Atlantic, 1 November 2011 On the US-Pak relationship, the lies Pakistan is telling the US, the lies the US is telling itself – and about how much (or not) the Pakistani nuclear programme is protected, details about how the US want to render it useless in the case of an islamist coup and what […]

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Afghanistan Conference in Istanbul: The clogged arteries of the ‘Heart of Asia’

Thomas Ruttig

While governments usually try to keep the mood positive in the run-up to important diplomatic conferences, this time they have not even succeeded in doing this. The title of the upcoming regional conference on Afghanistan in Istanbul on 2 November is ambitious title – ‘Istanbul Conference for Afghanistan: Security and Cooperation in the Heart of […]

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AAN In The Media – November 2011

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Vier Optionen – alle negativ Mannheimer Morgen, 30 November 2011 The German local newspaper, in an article describing Afghanistan’s situation before the Bonn 2 conference, summarises the four post-2014 options laid out in a joint paper earlier this year by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig and the SWP’s Citha Maaß. Pakistan boykottiert Bonn Neues Deutschland, 30 November […]

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