Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: January 2014

Political calculations may trump evidence in Afghan prisoners release

AAN Team

Stars and Stripes, 15 January 2014 Reporting about the Afghan-US “standoff” about the BSA and the 88 Bagram prisoners, AAN’s Kate Clark opins that it may be attributed partly to the bumpy transition from a wartime detention regime, which included indefinite imprisonment for suspected insurgents, to civilian rules, which demand that evidence be presented in a […]

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Obituary: The master of modern Pashto ghazal passes away

Borhan Osman

One of Afghanistan’s most important poets, Muhammad Seddiq Pasarly, has died, aged 85. Known popularly as the ‘Master of Pashto Ghazal’ (Pashto love poems), Pasarly also translated works by Indian poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and Persian poet and philosopher Omar Khayyam for Pashto readers. AAN’s Borhan Osman has written this obituary.   What is youth? It is […]

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Reading Hamid Karzai [and Hezb-e Islami]

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Foreign Policy, 15 January 2014 Middle East Institute's veteran Afghanistan watcher Marvin Weinbaum gives us an interesting alternative read of the Afghan-US scuffles over the BSA and sees some Hezb-e Islami influence in it.

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Kampf der Zahlen

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Frankfurter Allgemeine, 15 January 2014 The German daily reports that the Bundeswehr has started giving figures about security incidents in northern Afghanistan again, and it turns out that there was drastic increase in 2013 by November (35% over all of 2012), contradicting the government’s claim that the security situation has improved there.

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Little Leagues, Great Hopes: Afghan grassroots football kicks off

S Reza Kazemi

Afghanistan’s football premier league and its national team have received tremendous attention inside and outside the country, particularly after the national team’s victory in the 2013 South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) championship. Children’s football, on the other hand, has gone largely unnoticed – although experts say that an Afghan team has the chance to even […]

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Recalling Past Threats, Afghans in Tranquil [Panjshir] Valley Work to Keep It That Way

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New York Times, 13 January 2014 Panjshiris are preparing themselves against a Taleban comeback, reports the Times. "Western security experts and senior Afghan defense officials say Panjshiri boasts about squirreling away weapons throughout the valley are credible. … Panjshir is also the only province where uniformed agents from the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s main intelligence […]

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After 12 years, £390bn, and countless dead, we leave poverty, fraud – and the Taliban in Afghanistan

Thomas Ruttig

The Independent, 12 January 2014 The author in the leading British daily quotes extensively from what he calls “a damning study of the outcome of 12 years of international intervention in Afghanistan by Thomas Ruttig of the Afghanistan Analysts Network in Kabul” that underscroes “that US and British military [and may i add – political] […]

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‘Gaming’ Obama on Afghan War

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Consortium News, 10 January 2014 A quick reaction by investigativ journalist Garteh Porter on former US defence secretary Robert Gates' upcoming book (print version to be out on 14 January), putting some of Gates' – probably not fully impartial – statements, and some telling omissions, in context.

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Fear, Hope and Determination: Afghanistan and the 2014 Syndrome

Martine van Bijlert

Ever since in 2011 President Obama announced his timeline for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, the prospect of 2014 has been looming ominously over the country. And now we are here, at the beginning of this almost mythical year. There is nervousness and fear, but also pushback, with some Afghans believing that the […]

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“Terrorgefangene“ in Afghanistan frei: Karsai überstimmt Obama

Thomas Ruttig

Tageszeitung (Berlin/online), 10 January 2013 Op-ed article by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on President Karzai’s decision to release 72 Afghan detainees declared “dangerous” by the US government from Bagram (in German).

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Ruttig: “Karsai will sein politisches Erbe sichern”

Thomas Ruttig

Deutsche Welle, 10 January 2014 Text interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on DW’s website, explaining the background of the current US-Afghan debate about the release of 72 (of 88), according to the US view, high-risk prisonsers from Bagram (in German).

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Iran: open for business again

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Le Monde diplomatique (English version), January 2014 Very interesting Article by the head of the Farsi version of the newspaper (which is available in print only as a supplement to Seda-ye Edalat journal, 60/6 rue Sarve, Ave Vali Asr, Tehran), but this version is accessible for subscribers only. A German version can be read in full […]

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