Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: March 2015

Vestens krig i Afghanistan fortsætter

Thomas Ruttig

Information, 2 March 2015 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted extensively in this article by the Danish daily about the West’s continuing war in Afghanistan, after combat troops were officially withdrawn: »Krigen er på ingen måde slut for Vesten,« konstaterer Thomas Ruttig, leder af det uafhængige ekspertnetværk Afghanistan Analyst Network […]. »Tværtimod fortsætter den med uformindsket […]

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The remainders of the US' foreign detainees in Bagram: two Tunisians, two Tajiks, one Egyptian, and one Uzbek. (The photo shows other prisoners.) Photo: Khaama Press

The ‘Other Guantanamo’ (13): What should Afghanistan do with America’s foreign detainees?

Kate Clark

The United States bequeathed Afghanistan a huge problem when it finally and completely transferred its detention facility at Bagram to the Afghan government in December 2014. For the previous 12 months, it had been urgently trying to get rid of all of the 50 or so foreigners it held there. In the end, it failed […]

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Young Afghans strive for education and better lives after years of turmoil


The Guardian, 2 March 2015 The British daily’s Kabul correspondent reports about the stresses on the Afghan higher education system, briefly quotes Obaid Ali from his AAN dispatch on the kankur, the university entry examination, and uses some more details AAN found, unfortunately out without crediting us. Obaid Ali, a researcher with the Afghanistan Analysts […]

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“An attempt to wipe out history”: The destruction of the Bamian Buddha colossi in 2001

Kate Clark Thomas Ruttig

On 26 February 2001, the leader of the Afghan Taleban movement, Mullah Muhammad Omar, ordered from his headquarters in Kandahar that “all statues and non-Islamic shrines in the different areas of the Islamic Emirate must be broken” because they were worshipped by people of non-Islamic religious beliefs and were therefore ‘idols.’ This kind of worship, […]

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