Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: March 2016

A surgeon displays two bullets extracted from different patients at the MSF hospital in Kunduz before it was targeted in a US air strike on 3 October 2015. (Photo: Andrew Quilty/Oculi, from MSF website)

Clinics under fire? Health workers caught up in the Afghan conflict

Kate Clark

Those providing health care in contested areas in Afghanistan say they are feeling under increasing pressure from all sides in the war. There have been two egregious attacks on medical facilities in the last six months: the summary execution of two patients and a carer taken from a clinic in Wardak by Afghan special forces in […]

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In secret meetings, Taliban rejected Pakistan pressure on peace process

AAN

Reuters, 14 March 2016 The agency reports that the Taleban Supreme (actually: Leadership) Council, after “secret meetings with Pakistani officials about two weeks ago … met at an undisclosed location and voted to reject the talks scheduled for early March with the Afghan government, according to a council member” – indicating how badly prepared the short-notice […]

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Afghanistan’s surprisingly predictable economic crash

AAN

IRIN, 14 March 2016 Interesting wrap-up, with some new figures and assessments by the US SIGAR and ex-World Banker Bill Byrd. For example that the average yearly income per person in Afghanistan fell from $730 in 2013 to $680 the following year due to the post-withdrawal economic downturn.

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Under threat since 2014: The Sangin district governor’s office, with hesco barriers (Source: Pajhwok Afghan News, 2015)

Helmand (2): The chain of chiefdoms unravels

Rahmatullah Amiri

In Helmand in the second half of 2015, the ‘dominos’ started to fall, with successive areas of the province coming under Taleban control. During the United States surge, a line of ‘chiefdoms’ was created, where Afghan National Police (ANP), Afghan Local Police (ALP) and militia commanders managed to consolidate control of local areas. In 2015, […]

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Angriff in afghanischer Provinz: Sicherheitskräfte schlagen Taliban zurück

AAN

n-tv, 10 March 2016 Under a slightly misleading headline (“Afghan security forces beat back Taleban”), the German TV news channel, based on a report of dpa news agency, quotes from AAN’s Helmand dispatch that the government only controls four districts of Helmand province: Nach einem Bericht des Rechercheinstituts Afghanistan Analysts Network sind nur vier der […]

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Zamindawar, Kajaki district. Taleban were never eliminated during the US ’surge’ from this and other areas of northern Helmand: later, they would use them as a launchpad to re-emerge. (Photo Credit: Rahmatullah Amiri, August 2013)

Helmand (1): A crisis a long time coming

Rahmatullah Amiri

The rapid fall of entire areas of Helmand to the Taleban during the second half of 2015 and early 2016 has left the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) scrambling to hold the line and try to push back, and led to international forces deploying troops to the province. Guest author Rahmatullah Amiri* brings a special […]

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L’Afghanistan à la recherche d’un dialogue

Thomas Ruttig

Le Croix, 8 March 2016 The French daily quotes from Thomas Ruttig’s AAN dispatch on the peace talks, on the Afghan government’s strategy to divide the Taleban into ‘reconcilables’ and ‘irreconcilables’: « La feuille de route du processus de paix envisage clairement la division des insurgés entre le courant des irréconciliables et ceux qui sont prêts […]

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Provincial Governor's Office, Paktia Province. Photo: Pajhwok

The ANSF’s Zurmat Operation: Abuses against local civilians

Fazl Rahman Muzhary

In early January 2016, an Afghan National Security Force (ANSF) operation in Zurmat, a southern district of Paktia province, resulted in civilian casualties. According to local residents, the Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers’ heavy shelling of villages they suspected to be Taleban hideouts caused the most harm. Abuses, such as beatings and the use of […]

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