Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: July 2012

U.S. nixes larger office for Afghan defense minister

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Washington Post, 1 July 2012 The United States is spending $92 million to build a new defence ministry for Afghanistan, ‘a massive five-story military headquarters with domed roofs and a high-tech basement command center that will link Afghan generals with their troops fighting the Taliban across the country’. The MoI gets a ‘$54 million Kabul […]

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Reaction to the Kargha attack: start of a popular movement?

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A group of young Afghan men and women gathered in Kargha’s Spuzhmai Hotel on 28 June to commemorate and condemn the attack that took place during the night of 21/22 June in which a still unknown number of civilians were killed. An estimated hundred and fifty participants gathered at the site and offered prayers for […]

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AAN In The Media – July 2012

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Taliban wollen NATO-Basen übernehmen N24 (German news channel), 31 July 2012 AAN’s Kate Clark i quoted here, from a dpa news agency report, on the Taleban agreeing with the Afghan government that NATO should not destroy but hand over bases: ‘This shows extraordinary confidence or foolishness’, adding the Taliban are ‘really, really confident’ that either […]

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Japan conference brings Afghan government peace negotiator face-to-face with Taliban emissary

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AP, 1 July 2012  The news agency reports that ‘the Taliban and Hezb-e-Islami, despite reports of infighting in Afghanistan, found common ground at the Kyoto conference in their demand that all foreign troops, including trainers, leave Afghanistan after 2014. Civil society activists represented at the conference also said that it was proposed ‘to set up […]

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Ahmed Rashid: Talks with Taliban must be secret to be successful

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Globe and Mail, 1 July 2011 Ahmed Rashid tells us how it all started: ‘The process began when German officials, at the request of the Taliban, held their first meeting in September, 2009, in Dubai. […] The Germans made sure the interlocutors represented the Taliban Shura (its governing council), which is headed by Mullah Mohammed […]

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