Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: October 2014

Afghans Sound Alarm Over Islamic State Recruitment: Western Officials Skeptical

Thomas Ruttig

Wall Street Journal, 13 October 2014 AAN’s Christian Bleuer is quoted here on IS Central Asian recruitment: Islamic State has already recruited extremists from Afghanistan’s northern neighbors, according to Christian Bleuer, an expert on Central Asia with the Kabul-based Afghan Analysts Network. “As far as their presence in Central Asia goes, they are mostly producing […]

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”Afghanistans beroende av utländskt bistånd har snarare blivit större än mindre.”

Thomas Ruttig

Sydsvenskan Dagbladet, 13 October 2013 Guest article (translated by Anders Fänge) by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig in the Malmö-based daily on the Afghan elections, its outcome and the consequences of the many ongoing crises in the country. With announcements of Thomas’s two presentations in Southern Sweden on 14 and 15 October (Malmö and Lund). The headline […]

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The Start into the Better Governance Marathon: Ghani’s first days

Thomas Ruttig

New president Ashraf Ghani has proven himself a man intent on not losing time – after so much of it had been lost in post-electoral counting, auditing and political wrangling since April 2014. As opposed to the habits of the Karzai era, the Afghan government did not go into hibernation over the recent Eid-e Qurban […]

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Die Reichtümer Afghanistans (print only)

Thomas Ruttig

Le Monde diplomatique, 10 October 2014 Article by Thomas Ruttig (with contributions and a photo by Obaid Ali) in the October issue of the international newspaper, discussing the chances and risks of the exploitation of Afghanistan’s mineral resources in conditions of war and international pressure to invest much of the income into the security sector. […]

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US intensifies Afghan airstrikes as drawdown nears

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Boston Globe, 8 October 2014 “According to the latest Pentagon statistics, US combat aircraft dropped more bombs on Taliban and other militant targets in August than it had in any single month in two years — and nearly triple the monthly average since January. …  The stepped-up campaign was viewed by some analysts as an […]

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5 men executed in gang-rape case that outraged Afghans

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Stars and Stripes, 8 October 2014 Over the objections of human rights groups, the Afghan government on Wednesday executed five men convicted in the gang rape of four women, an incident that caused widespread outrage from the Afghan public. AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted in the article on the nature of the crime and the […]

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To Syria, not Afghanistan: Central Asian jihadis ‘neglect’ their neighbour

Christian Bleuer

Since the American and Northern Alliance defeat of the Taleban and their Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) allies in northern Afghanistan in late 2001, the arrival of would-be fighters from the former Soviet countries of Central Asia to Afghanistan has been a very small trickle. And yet, over the last year, the number of Central […]

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Warlords, Religious Leaders, Insurgents: Three external publications

Thomas Ruttig

Read an overview about three recent external publications of AAN co-director Thomas Ruttig, in the German magazines Orient and INAMO and for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation in London. In an article for the quarterly INAMO, a journal run by the Berlin-based Information Project Near and Middle East, Thomas Ruttig has looked at the phenomenon of […]

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Finding a way to stop child recruitment in Afghanistan

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Relief Web/Unicef, 7 October 2014 A recently released United Nations Secretary-General’s report on Children and Armed Conflict highlights issues of serious concern regarding early recruitment of children by all parties to the conflict. The report states that, in 2013, at least 97 boys – some as young as 8 years old – were recruited into […]

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The 'desert' of Ashab Baba where the township for the displaced of Ainak was supposed to be. Photo: Obaid Ali/AAN

Agreement between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the Islamic Republic Of Afghanistan – October 2014

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Agreement between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the Islamic Republic Of Afghanistan on the status of NATO forces and NATO personnel conducting mutually agreed NATO-led activities in Afghanistan.     

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