Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: April 2014

Elections 2014 (14): Why two thirds of Andar’s polling centres may have never opened

Fazal Rahman

Andar district, which is located along Highway 1 after Ghazni city and also straddles the main road to Paktia, has long been a stronghold for the Taleban. The district is home to the Nur-ul-Madaris madrassa where a number of key Taleban leaders once studied and was one of the first places where the insurgency reappeared […]

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Elections 2014 (13): The IEC and IECC’s reluctance to be transparent

Martine van Bijlert

An overriding theme over the past two weeks has been the reluctance of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) to publicly release detailed information as to what is going on with the vote count. Both bodies are now catching up, but only reluctantly so, and the first round of the […]

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Elections 2014 (12): The Taleban rant and take a harder line on peace

Borhan Osman

As well as launching armed attacks on election day, the Taleban also tried to disrupt the elections with a ‘public relations’ campaign against the legitimacy of the vote. Like many others, they also appear to have been thrown off kilter by the large turnout. Their response has been characterised by incoherence and distress, with Taleban statements […]

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Afghan women stand to be counted as West begins to disengage

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Reuters/Euronews, 16 Apil 2014 AAN's Wazhma Samandary is quoted in this article about a young Kandahari woman campaigning for a seat in the provincial council:  “The withdrawal of international forces has increased concerns about insecurity, because of the increase of anti-government groups, militias, local commanders and other strongmen,” Wazhma Samandary, a researcher at Afghanistan Analysts […]

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Afghanistan Turns a Political Corner

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IPS, 17 Aril 2014 "The Afghanistan presidential election is turning out to be a tale of two narratives. The more positive and democratic one could be winning the day", writes IPS's Giuliano Battiston, and quotes from one of Martine van Bijlert's AAN dispatches, more on the cautious side:  “Nobody really knows how many voters there are, […]

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Afghan election results sorted out behind closed doors

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Stars and Stripes, 16 April 2014 "As the glow of a successful presidential election fades, a picture is emerging of key post-election procedures taking place in secret and independent observers being kept in the dark while votes are counted and thrown out for irregularities" writes the US daily. And quotes AAN's Martine van Bijlert: Martine […]

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Can the Taliban make a comeback?

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Deutsche Welle, 16 April 2014 AAN's Kate Clark is quoted here with a look at the internal evolution of the Taleban: Afghanistan expert Kate Clark believes the Taliban, in many ways, behave much worse as a fighting force in opposition than they did while in power. "They were an organized, largely disciplined force, although one which […]

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Elections 2014 (11): How the Hazaras voted in Bamyan

Qayoom Suroush

Initial observations appear to show that Dr Abdullah has won the majority of the vote in Bamyan – with Ashraf Ghani so far second by a large margin. Bamyan is important – a province which is generally secure and has a highly motivated electorate. It is also the one province with an overwhelmingly ethnic Hazara […]

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Elections 2014 (10): Paktia – where rain helped the ‘king making’ voters

Pakteen Ibrahimi

A week after the election, AAN looks at how Paktia province, with the southeastern region’s centre Gardez, fared in the elections and after. Like Kandahar, Paktia returns a mixed picture: a large turnout in the city and some district centres, but far less participation already at the city borders and in other districts. A specific […]

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Pakistani detainee speaks of ordeal in Bagram prison

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Press TV (Iran), 14 April 2014 The website of this Iranian TV channel reports the case of a Pakistani truck driver and former Bagram prison inmate who alleges that he has been tortured there while the facility was still under US control. For background, the report adds: "In July 2013, the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN), […]

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Elections 2014 (9): Making sense of the first ten per cent of the results

Martine van Bijlert

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has released its long-awaited first, partial results, having counted a little over half a million votes, representing a 10 per cent result in 26 provinces. The results, announced on 13 April 2014 in a short press conference, showed Dr Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani firmly in the lead – something which […]

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Abdullah, Ghani lead in partial Afghan vote tally

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AP/Miami Herald, 13 April 2014 AAN's Martine van Bijlert is quoted here on the publication of first partial results of the Afghan presidential election:  "The results match what I think the mood has been over the last few days," said Martine van Bijlert, co-director of the independent research group Afghanistan Analysts Network. "We've got two […]

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