Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: September 2015

Afghanistan – Flucht vor dem vergessenen Krieg

AAN

RBB-Inforadio, 6 September 2015 AAN’s Borhan Osman can be heard in this 15-minutes feature (from 3:30), covering the security situation in Northern Afghanistan (reporting from an IDP camp in Dehdadi, near Mazar-e Sharif, inhabited by people who fled from Shirin Tagab); the changes in the Taleban leadership and IS inroads; German training in Mazar…

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Taliban tightening hold in strategic southern Afghanistan

Thomas Ruttig

dpa, 5 September 2015 The English service of the biggest German news agency has a quoted from AAN’s latest dispatch on Musa Qala, by Thomas Ruttig, on the (drug) economic mportance of the district “The (Musa Qala) district centre hosts a major drug bazaar at the heart of Helmand’s poppy production area,” said Thomas Ruttig, […]

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A view of Musa Qala. Source: UK Forces blog (2010).

The Second Fall of Musa Qala: How the Taleban are expanding territorial control

Thomas Ruttig

While Afghanistan’s northern provinces – mainly Kunduz, Faryab and Sar-e Pul – have been in the media’s focus on this year’s Taleban offensive, fighting in their southern Afghan strongholds has geared up too. Within one month the Taleban were able to capture two district centres in Helmand, Musa Qala (still contested) and Nawzad. This combines […]

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Trouble in Khas Uruzgan: Insults, assaults, a siege and an airlift

Martine van Bijlert

After three months of near non-stop fighting in Khas Uruzgan, a mixed Pashtun-Hazara district in northeast Uruzgan, the Taleban decimated the district’s Afghan Local Police (ALP) and forced most of the other security forces back into the district centre. The attack was not just part of a wider, concerted effort by the Taleban to put […]

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Death of Mullah Omar dashes hopes of peace with Taliban

AAN

The National, 2 September 2015 The Dubai-based daily quotes AAN’s Borhan Osman on the now suspended Murree talks:  The Murree talks were intended “to create enough momentum, so that those in Qatar and elsewhere jump in”, a Kabul-based western diplomat who know why the US supports the talks, told Borhan Osman, a researcher with the […]

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