Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: July 2015

Why China is alarmed about IS presence in Afghanistan

Thomas Ruttig

Deutsche Welle, 8 July 2015 Full interview with AAN’s Borhan Osman on the English programme of Germany’s official overseas radio station. He says, for example: “Afghanistan’s northern neighbors and China worry too much about a possible IS threat that makes them translate the security deterioration into an imminent IS threat. (…) China is possibly more worried […]

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Can the high-level talks lead to peace in Afghanistan?

Thomas Ruttig

Deutsche Welle, 8 July 2015 (also on DW Dari and Pashto) AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted here on the Afghan-Taleban talks (not “high-level” yet) in Pakistan: “Thomas Ruttig, co-director and co-founder of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, warned of a rivalry between those Taliban in favor and those against engaging in negotiations with president Ghani’s government […]

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Afghan govt property allegedly sold in [Mecca]

AAN

Pajhwok, 6 July 2015 Interesting article by the Kabul-based news agency, also for its historical content – and the fact that Afghanistan owned (or still owns?) a property in Mecca for Afghan pilgrims which might now – or might not – have fallen victim to the gigantic extensions works at the big Mecca mosque around […]

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Russian Soldiers Start a Second Life in Afghanistan

AAN

Moscow Times, 6 July 2015 Review of a book, photos and interview with the author, Alexei Nikolayev, a Moscow photographer specialising in photo stories about Russia and the former Soviet republics, who went to Afghanistan to document the lives of six former Soviet soldiers who had been captured by mujahedin during the Soviet-Afghan war in the 1980s and never returned home. A reminder to recent history, […]

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All that remains: our questionable legacy in Afghanistan

AAN

Brisbane Times, 4 July 2015 In a very interesting reportage from Uruzgan, the article discusses the Australian forces’ legacy in that province, and of their backing of local strongman Matiullah (against the practice of their Dutch ‘allies’, quotes AAN’s Martine van Bijlert: “Afghanistan is full of Western-backed strongmen who can be trusted to fight the Taliban. […]

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Classics of Conflict (1): Reviewing some of Afghanistan’s most notorious hotspots

Fabrizio Foschini

There are only a few places in Afghanistan everybody has heard of. Names like Panjwayi or Tora Bora, though, have been around for a long time, in some cases more than a decade. They have gained notorious prominence in the international press because of the heavy involvement of foreign forces and the subsequent heavy casualty rates, […]

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