Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: October 2015

“Es ist im Grunde auch eine humanitäre Katastrophe in Kundus”

Thomas Ruttig

MDR, 2 October 2015 Listen to the audio of an interview by the German station with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig about the Taleban attack on Kunduz and why this also is a humanitarian catastrophe (in German). Click the link, then go to 2.10. and 11.36am.

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Afghanische Armee: Mannschaftsstark und kampfschwach

Thomas Ruttig

Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 2 October 2015 The biggest Swiss daily quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on the reasons for the Taleban success in Kunduz (in German). His main point: after the first Taleban attack on Kunduz in April, this one should have been predicted – it was an Afghan (and NATO) intelligence failure: Auch der Co-Direktor des […]

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US special forces in firefight with Taliban at Kunduz

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Stars and Stripes, 2 October 2015 The US-based daily, in its report about the involvement of US Special Forces in the Kunduz fighting, quotes AAN’s Borhan Osman about the relevance of the Taleban takeover there: “However the government wants to try to spin it, the fall of a provincial capital, even if short-lived, is a […]

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Taliban Atrocities Alleged in Kunduz

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Voice of America, 2 October 2015 In a report about alleged allegations of violence against the Taleban in Kunduz, the US radio station adds – based on information collected by AAN – that there are also such accusations against pro-government militias: The independent Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) has cited its own findings that even before […]

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Weiter scheitern

Thomas Ruttig

German Foreign Policy.com, 1 October 2015 The German-language website quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig in its analysis of the Taleban Kunduz attack: “Gescheitert ist auch das Berliner Konzept von der Bundeswehr als ‘Entwicklungshelfer in Uniform'”, hielt bereits im Frühjahr der Afghanistan-Experte Thomas Ruttig vom Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) fest: “Gedacht als Alternative zum Antiterrorkrieg von George […]

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Veľmoc utečencov je Afganistan už vyše 30 rokov, do Európy neutekajú len pred Talibanom

Thomas Ruttig

Denník N, 1 October 2015 The Slovak daily has extensive quotes from an interview in this analytical article, looking at the Taleban takeover of Kunduz and the increase of Afghan refugees in Europe.

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Kunduz: long vulnerable, long neglected, then conquered

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dpa, 1 October 2015 Obaid Ali, an expert on Kunduz politics (from AAN) is quoted here:  “I am very surprised that the Kabul-based government did not take any strong steps against the insurgency or did not conduct any major operations to clear out the Taliban around the city,” said Obaid Ali, an expert on Kunduz […]

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Will Taliban Invasion Keep U.S. Boots on Ground in Afghanistan?

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NBC News, 1 October 2015 AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted in this explainer about the Taleban takeover of Kunduz: “It’s a real psychological blow to the morale of the government and the Afghan security forces and at the same time it’s a boost to the Taliban,” Kate Clark, the country director for the Afghan Analysts […]

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Martine van Bijlert over situatie in Kunduz

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NOS Radio 1, 1 October 2015 Listen to an audio (in Dutch) with AAN’s Martine van Bijlert being interviewed by the Netherlands national radio network: Nadat de Taliban maandag de stad Kunduz onverwacht bezette, zegt de Afghaanse regering de stad te hebben heroverd. Maar de Taliban ontkennen dit.  De gevechten om de stad gaan door, waarbij het Afghaanse leger […]

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Bundeswehr unterstützt Afghanen gegen Taliban

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Tagesspiegel, 1 October 2015 The quote of AAN’s Borhan Osman from the Austrian Standard also appears in Berlin’s Tagesspiegel: Auch wenn sich die Angaben bestätigen und die Regierung Kundus komplett zurückgewinnt, bleibt die Einnahme der Provinzhauptstadt ein Propagandasieg für die Taliban – und ein Wendepunkt: Der Sturm repräsentiere eine beispiellose Veränderung in der Kriegsführung der […]

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Afghanistans Armee kämpft in Kunduz um Häuser und Herzen

Thomas Ruttig

Der Standard, 1 October 2015 AAN’s Borhan Osman is quoted from his Kunduz dispatch in this article by the Austrian daily: Auch wenn die Regierung Kunduz nun zurückgewinnt, bleibt die Einnahme der Provinzhauptstadt ein Propagandasieg für die Militanten – und ein Wendepunkt: Der Sturm repräsentiere eine beispiellose Veränderung in der Kriegsführung der Taliban hin zum […]

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