Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: March 2015

The Islamic State Threat in Central Asia: Reality or Spin?

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Jamestown Terrorism Monitor, 20 March 2015 Finally, another non-alarmist take on the IS presence in Afghanistan and Central Asia, by Ryskeldi Satke, Casey Michel and Sertaç Canalp Korkmaz.  

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Afghan Leader Said to Be Centralizing Power as Unity Government Plan Stalls

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New York Times, 20 March 2015 The Times looks at the “tumultuous” (and not fully completed) first six months of the Ghani-Abdullah government, mainly looking at the former one, who “rather than decentralizing [his] post’s powers, as he had vowed, he has instead been quietly creating an even more dominant presidency, according to a range […]

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America’s Warlords in Afghanistan

Thomas Ruttig

The American Conservative, 20 March 2015 “To fight the Taliban, the United States created a new generation of abusive strongmen that are now running rampant”, the article says and refers to the latest under-covered HRW watch report. “What has been put into this (HRW) report, everyone knew for years,” said Thomas Ruttig, a co-director of […]

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Vacuum to follow hit on Oruzgan warlord backed by Australian Diggers

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The Australian, 20 March 2015 A short quote by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on the assassination of Uruzgan police chief and ‘strongman’ Matiullah in Kabul: Thomas Ruttig from the ­Afghan Analyst’s Network said his assassination reflected a possible weakening of Karzai’s once-all powerful Popalzai tribe (to which Khan belonged). (I also said, but this was not […]

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Situating the Emergence of the Islamic State of Khorasan

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CTC Sentinel, 19 March 2015 In another analysis of IS inroads in the AfPak region, Don Rassler from the Combating Terrorism Center at the US Military Academy at West Point quotes AAN’s Borhan Osman several times: As noted by researcher Borhan Osman, the challenges ISK has faced in setting up shop in Afghanistan are best reflected […]

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China, the United States, and the question of Afghanistan

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Testimony before the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, 18 March 2015 One of the most detailed looks at China’s role and interests in Afghanistan and Central Asia, byAndrew Small, Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States.    

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Afghan Militia Leaders, Empowered by U.S. to Fight Taliban, Inspire Fear in Villages

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New York Times, 17 March 2015 The pros-and-cons discussion about the so-called ‘uprising militais’ continues: A case study from Ghazni, featuring statements by local villagers like: “We are shivering with fear.” “For God’s sake, take these people away from us. We cannot stand their brutality.” “These uprisers, they are like roundworms in your stomach. They […]

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Talks with the Taleban, Again: This time for real?

Thomas Ruttig

Over the past weeks, Kabul buzzed with rumours that talks with the Taleban would begin soon, specifically, in the first week of March. That particular week is now past and nothing has happened. But this does not mean that rumours were completely false or that no movement is being made towards new talks with the […]

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The Black Flag South Of The Amu-Darya

Thomas Ruttig

RFE/RL, 17 March 2015 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig took part in a radio panel discussing IS sightings in Afghanistan, which the organiser – RFE/RL – introduces as following: “The black flag of the Islamic State (IS) militant group has reportedly been raised in areas of northern Afghanistan, just south of the border with Central Asia.” Thomas […]

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How Obama handed Afghanistan a prisoner dilemma

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al-Jazeera, 16 March 2015 In the run-up to Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani’s visits to the US next week, this article looks at the situation of non-Afghan prisoners handed over by the US to Afghanistan with the end of the ISAF mission. AAN’s Kare Clark is quoted: But inheriting Parwan prisoners has put the Afghan government in a […]

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De lange oorlog in Afghanistan is nog niet voorbij

Thomas Ruttig

MO, 16 March 2015 This article of the Belgian website’s editor-in-chief quotes extensively from two AAN sources, by Thomas Ruttig and Philipp Münch: “Eind 2013 schreef de Duitse onderzoeker Thomas Ruttig: ‘Volgens officiële Afghaanse bronnen staan slechts 5 van de 416 districtcentra onder permanente controle van de taliban, maar in vele andere reikt de greep […]

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19 March 2015, Basle: OPIUM – an exhibition

Thomas Ruttig

OPIUM – that’s the title of an exhibition that opens on 15 March 2015 in the Museum der Kulturen Basel (MKB; Basle Museum of Cultures) in Switzerland. It is curated by Doris Buddenberg, former country director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Kabul and member of the Advisory Board of the Afghanistan […]

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