Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: May 2015

A Half-Solution: Provincial Councils get oversight authority back – for the time being

Ehsan Qaane Thomas Ruttig

Instead of being resolved, the long power struggle between parliament and the Provincial Councils (PC) about how much and what kind of authority the councils would have has entered a new round in 2015 – with no end in sight. In 2014, under the previous president, a new law was designed to solve this issue. […]

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The Pious Spy: a Taliban intelligence chief’s death & resurrection

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Harper’s, 11 May 2014 Now without pay wall: Mujib Mashal’s portrait of the Taleban’s intelligence chief Qari Ahmadullah, often declared dead (killed) but apparently still alive.

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Afghan clerics uneasy as civil rights movement gains momentum

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Reuters, 10 May 2015 The dispatch of AAN’s Borhan Osman is quoted here, referring to civil society and other protests that also attacked the Muslim clergy in the context of the lynching of a young Kabul woman: “These episodes have angered the mullahs (clerics) and I can see they are now drawing a line between […]

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IS, Taliban pairing up in northern Afghanistan

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AFP, 8 May 2015 AAN’s Kate Clark again as a voice of caution on the above: “Just because they are foreign fighters does not mean they are Daesh,” she told AFP. “I’m sceptical because I can’t see any reason why the Taliban would want to fight alongside Daesh. We need to see more evidence to […]

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Tienduizenden mensen ontvluchtten Kunduz in minder dan twee weken

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De Morgen, 8 May 2015 In this article in the Belgian newspaper about the relationship between the Taleban and IS in Afghanistan, AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted: Het is inderdaad zo dat veel buitenlandse jihadstrijders uit Centraal-Aziatische landen zoals Pakistan en Tjetsjenië er komen vechten, “maar dat wil niet per se zeggen dat het om […]

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As U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan, darkness falls on Taliban’s birthplace

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Washington Post, 8 May 2015 Although the headline sounds a bit US-centric (it is weird and unsustainable projects run by military non-development specialist, not the US withdrawal as such), a very interesting and sobering article how the US leaves Kandahar behind without electricity supplies – not least because it concentrated on unrealistic aims (repairing Kajaki […]

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Covering for Each Other in Zanabad: The defiant widows of the hill

Naheed Esar Malikzay

On top of a hill in Kabul’s southeast is a unique community. It is locally known as Zanabad (“Women’s Town”) and has survived all turmoil of the last decades. A group of widows started building homes there for themselves as far back as the 1990s. Initially, the people of the neighbouring communities looked down on […]

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Taliban fears over young recruits attracted to Isis in Afghanistan

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The Guardian, 7 May 2015 Reporting on Taleban fears about IS recruitment, this article refers (and links) to an AAN analysis on IS sightings.

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ISIL in Afghanistan? Not so fast

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al-Jazeera, 6 May 2015 This op-ed article that warns to draw hasty conclusions about an IS(IL) emergence in Afghanistan – as AAn does – also quotes/links to AAN’s related dispatch about the issue: “In September last year, for example, the alleged killing of scores of people – including beheadings – in Ghazni province by “Daesh […]

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Afghan trade union May Day demonstrators demand jobs. Photo: Pajhwok.

Two new external publications: The Afghan conflict, the Afghan civil society

Thomas Ruttig

1 – An anthology of articles about the Afghan conflict (in German): „The Great Unrest: Afghanistan and its neighbours” is the title of an anthology of articles (all in German) that has been published today by Edition Le Monde diplomatique in cooperation with Berlin daily Tageszeitung (taz). It includes articles that have been published in […]

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