Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: July 2013

Ethnic Revolt or Mujahedin Solidarity? A look at the power shuffle in Takhar (amended)

Gran Hewad

Takhar has a new governor. The reason? For two weeks, large numbers of Uzbeks were up in arms, protesting against the dismissal of one of ‘their’ people, the provincial police commander, by the governor who is Tajik. The demonstrations turned violent and three people were killed. The government, far from reprimanding the demonstrators, fired the […]

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Police and Thieves in Ishkashim: Local residents react to flaws and abuses

Fabrizio Foschini

When a robber who had been detained by villagers in a remote district of Badakhshan escaped police custody overnight on Saturday, local residents blamed police connivance. Exasperated, they took to the streets, demanding the arrest of the runaway and the removal of the district chief of police and governor. Surprisingly, they won the day. Yet, […]

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Despite Repeated Tries, Afghan Peace Efforts Still Sputter

AAN Team

National Public Radio, 14 July 2013 Discussing the ‘uncertain prospects’ of talks with the Taleban after the recent botched attempt to open a Taleban office in Qatar, AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted as saying: “I think when you’ve got a war like this, it’s actually easier to continue it than not,” says Kate Clark, senior […]

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Despite Stumbles, Observers Say Momentum Remains for Afghan Peace Talks

AAN Team

Voice of America, 12 July 2013 This report says that observers are hopeful the peace process to end the 12-year war in Afghanistan will eventually resume, even after the Qatar office desaster, but AAN’s Kate Clark, quoted here, is more cautious: ‘Even though there was only a slim hope, it was a hope nonetheless and […]

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The Road to Ghazni: Bombs, battles and blockades

Borhan Osman

Step outside Kabul, about 30 miles away, and the road to Ghazni starts to bring you the sense of the battlefield. You pass by fierce skirmishes, exploding bombs, burning oil tankers, gun-toting Afghan forces and convoys of US forces that look hostile to anyone Afghan. Some drivers have gotten so used to the constant violence […]

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The “aid bubble” bursts


BAAG blog, 11 July 2013 BAAG director Jawed Nader describes how a friend was recruiting staff for a call centre in Kabul – and found 300 people waiting, many of whom had lost better-paid jobs as a a result of the ongoing withdrawal of western troops. He quotes OCHA’s humanitarian coordinator saying humanitarian funding for […]

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Another Post-2014 Capability Gap: Spin and reality of the Afghan air force’s readiness

Gary Owen

The Afghan air force (AAF) is of critical importance to the success of the Afghan National Security Forces, given the terrain and the continuing threat of roadside bombs. ISAF has been praising the ‘professional Afghan airmanship’ of late. But how accurate is this assessment? What is the Afghan air force’s real ability to provide for […]

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Abzug aus Afghanistan: Zurück, marsch, marsch!

AAN Team

Westfälische Nachrichten, 10 July 2013 Reporting about the Western combat troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Dortmund-based German daily compares future scenarios for the country, among them by AAN, the Internationale Crisis Group and ANSO.

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A brand-new U.S. military headquarters in Afghanistan. And nobody to use it


Washington Post, 10 July 2013 The US military has erected a 64,000-square-foot headquarters building in Helmand that comes with all the tools to wage a modern war – but is unused. The WP’s Rajiv Chandrasekaran calls it the ‘whitest elephant’ in Afghanistan. So, there are more white US elephants, and Rajiv names some more of […]

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Dostanú uniformy a zbrane. Niektorí Afganci potom strieľajú na spojencov

AAN Team

SME (Bratislava), 9 July 2013 A report (in Slovak) about he first killing of one of the country’s soldiers in Afghanistan, in a ‘green-on-blue’ attack, with comments on the security situation and the Taleban’s ability to penetrate ISAF facilities by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig.

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17-21 July 2013, Belfast: Summer School on Transitional Justice with AAN participation

Martine van Bijlert

The University of Ulster’s Belfast Campus will play host to the 6th annual international Summer School on Transitional Justice from 17-21 July 2013. Organised by the Transitional Justice Institute, the Summer School brings together practitioners, academics and postgraduate students from around the world to share in a week long programme of interactive seminars and workshops. […]

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Who Played Havoc with the Qatar Talks? Five possible scenarios to explain the mess

Borhan Osman Kate Clark

The bizarre turn of events following the opening of the Taleban office in Doha has led many to wonder whether the affair could have been deliberately sabotaged. Was it possible it had just been badly handled? So rapidly did the optimism about potential talks give way to bewilderment at their suspension, and the Taleban’s re-appearance […]

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