Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: October 2015

Emergency surgery after the bombing in one of the remaining parts of MSF's hospital in Kunduz on the 3rd October 2015. Photo: MSF

Airstrike on a Hospital in Kunduz: Claims of a war crime

Kate Clark

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is now demanding an International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission look into the United States air strike which hit its hospital in Kunduz in the early hours of Saturday morning (3 October 2015). 12 MSF staff and 10 patients, including three children, were killed in the strike which came four days into fierce […]

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Kunduz debacle: time for soul-searching

AAN

Express Tribune, 6 October The author of an op-ed for the Pakistani daily quotes from AAN dispatches about Kunduz and its militias:  The Afghan Analysts Network (AAN), an independent not-for-profit research organisation, reported that the operation initiated with the help of illegal militias was “originally aimed at routing out the Taliban, but became more of […]

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Kommentar Bomben auf Klinik in Kundus: Möglicherweise ein Kriegsverbrechen

Thomas Ruttig

Tageszeitung, 6 October 2015 An op-ed commentary by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on the US airstrike on the MSF clinic in Kunduz, drawing parallels to a 2009 German-ordered airstrike killing scores of civilians, also in Kunduz: the intelligence failure (Afghan sources claiming there were [only] Taleban in the target area and the justification, namely force protection. […]

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Bomben auf Krankenhaus in Kundus: [US-Militär:] Afghanen forderten Luftangriff an

Thomas Ruttig

Tageszeitung, 6 October 2015 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig reports, for the Berlin-based daily, the latest developments after the US strike on a MSF clinic in Kunduz, including the US military’s claim that the Afghan government had asked for the strike (in German).

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USA bombet Leger Uten Grenser: Brant i hjel i sykesenga

Thomas Ruttig

Klassekampen, 5 October 2015 The Norwegian daily extensively quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on the US dropping bombs on an NGO-run clinic: – Det er ikke overraskende at Taliban forsøker et angrep på byen, men det er overraskende at de klarer å holde deler av byen i en uke. Det viser at Taliban er bedre organisert […]

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Przełomowe zwycięstwo talibów. Wielkie kłopoty przed Afganistanem

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Wirtualna Polska‎, 5 October 2015 The Polish website, in an extensive analysis on the situation in Afghanistan after the Kunduz events, quotes AAN’s Borhan Osman (but re-locates him to Berlin): – To nie tak, że Talibowie stali się dla mieszkańców atrakcyjni, ale prorządowe milicje i lokalna policja zachowują się tak skandalicznie, że sprawiły, że struktury państwa stały […]

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Afghanistan’s Ghani Treads With Caution As Pressure Mounts Over Kunduz Hospital Bombing

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Time, 5 October 2015 AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted in the online version of the magazine, on the situation in Kunduz: “I think a lot of people expected the Taliban to claim a symbolic victory of taking Kunduz and leave. But they haven’t — they’ve dug in. Unfortunately, they’ve held out much better than what […]

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Americký útok na nemocnicu v Kundúze sa nedá ospravedlniť, tvrdí OSN

Thomas Ruttig

Pravda, 5 October 2015 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted again in the leading Slovak daily, here about the circumstances of the Taleban advance on Kunduz and the MSF bombing: “Útok na nemocnicu v Kundúze však môže mať vplyv na to, ako by Afganci vnímali, keby sa medzinárodné jednotky rozhodli predĺžiť a prípadne aj posilniť svoju prítomnosť […]

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US-Luftangriff auf Krankenhaus in Kundus: Barack Obama spricht von einer “Tragödie”

Thomas Ruttig

Tagesspiegel, 4 October 2015 The Berlin-based daily quotes Thomas Ruttig (and links to the AAN website) about the airstrike that destroyed an NGO-run clinic in Kunduz (in German): Thomas Ruttig vom Afghanistan Analysts Network will denn auch nicht ausschließen, dass die Klinik, die größte, und die einzig verbliebene nicht-staatliche in Kundus, ein bewusst gewähltes Ziel war. Denkbar […]

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Nichts war erfolgreich in Afghanistan!

Thomas Ruttig

Welt am Sonntag, 4 October 2014 In this analysis of the Kunduz events, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted (in German) as saying that he is surprised that the Afghan security forces were surprised by the Taleban attack and that the lack of coordination between the various elements of regular forces and militias as well as […]

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Klinik in Kunduz: Afghanistan wird uns noch lange beschäftigen

Thomas Ruttig

Frankfurter Rundschau, 4 October 2015 Extensive interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig (in German) about the situation in Kunduz and the air strike that hit the MSF clinic, including a discussion what this means for the current refugee crisis in Europe.

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„Die Schlinge immer enger gezogen“ – Taliban sind so stark wie seit Jahren nicht

Thomas Ruttig

Focus, 2 October 2015 Germany’s second largest weekly news magazine briefly quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig indirectly from an interview with Swiss daily Tagesanzeiger (see there, both in German): „Trotz Kundus sind sie sicher noch nicht auf dem Level, wie damals, als sie in Afghanistan regierten“, so die Einschätzung des Afghanistan-Expertens Thomas Ruttig, die er in […]

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