Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: April 2016

Security forces cordoned off the area along the bank of the Kabul River immediately after the attack allowing only ambulances to pass through the barriers. (Photo Source: Tolo News 19 April 2016)

A Shaken City: On the Taleban‘s truck-bomb attack in Kabul

Martine van Bijlert

The explosion which shook Kabul on 19 April 2016 was so large  its reverberation could be felt throughout almost the entire city. All that day, and the next, the death toll continued to rise. Official figures currently stand at 68 killed and 347 injured, but the real numbers are likely to be higher. The scale of the […]

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Under the Mountain: A pre-emptive Taleban spring offensive in Shindand

Fabrizio Foschini

Throughout March 2016, Shindand district in Herat province witnessed heavy fighting. Clashes between two rival insurgent groups were followed by a string of ANSF military operations. With substantial help from Quetta, the local pro-Mansur Taleban group has swept away a pro-Rasul outfit that had recently proved less aggressive towards the government. This new outbreak of […]

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Flüchtlingskrise: Lage in Herkunftsländern bleibt kritisch

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Tagesspiegel, 20 April 2016 The Berlin-based daily, in its roundup of the situation of the most important countries of origin of refugees arriving in Germany, quotes an AAN dispatch in its Afghanistan part, the lastest analysis of UNAMA’s recent report on civilian casualties: „2015 war das bisher blutigste Jahr in Afghanistan, und Kinder traf es […]

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Taliban attack in Kabul signals the start of summer offensive

Martine van Bijlert

ABC RN Drive (radio), 20 April 2016 “The Taliban says the truck bomb detonated in the Afghan capital signals the beginning of a summer offensive. But analyst Martine van Bijlert says fighting never stopped for the winter. For her, the significance of this attack comes from the effect it has had on Kabul’s civilian population, who felt […]

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Offensive der Taliban: Ein heisser Frühling in Afghanistan

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Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 19 April 2016 Longer indirect quotes by AAN’s Obaid Ali explaining the latest Taleban attack on Kunduz and the security forces’ response (in German): Die afghanischen Streitkräfte erhielten diesmal konsequentere Luftunterstützung als im letzten Herbst, wie Obaid Ali von der Denkfabrik Afghanistan Analysts Network erklärt. Zudem hätten höchstwahrscheinlich von Anbeginn an auch […]

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Afghanistan, das nächste Taliban-Emirat?

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Telepolis (blog), 19 April 2016 This German blog picks up and links to AAN’s analysis of the Taleban declaration of their 2016 spring offensive: Auch die Erklärung der Taliban zur Frühjahrsoffensive kann nicht als Bestätigung dafür gewertet werden, Afghanistan als sicheres Herkunftsland zu behandeln. Wie aus einem ausführlicheren kommentierenden Hintergrundbericht der Webseite Afghanistan Analyst Network herauszulesen ist, […]

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Taliban vows to take the battle to Kabul

Thomas Ruttig

The Australian, 19 April 2016 Longer quotes from AAN’s Thomas Ruttig in this article: Thomas Ruttig of Afghan [sic] Analysts Network told The Australian that since 2009, the “intensity” of the conflict in Afghanistan was getting worse. In just the first three months of this year, 1943 civilian casualties had been recorded, including 600 deaths. “I had […]

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Taliban vows to take the battle to Kabul

Thomas Ruttig

The Australian, 19 April 2016 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig quoted here: Thomas Ruttig of Afghan [sic] Analysts Network told The Australian that since 2009, the “intensity” of the conflict in Afghanistan was getting worse. In just the first three months of this year, 1943 civilian casualties had been recorded, including 600 deaths. “I had a message from a […]

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Les talibans dégainent leur nouvelle stratégie

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Le Temps, 19 April 2016 In the context of the Taleban’s spring offenseive and the 19 April attack in Kabul, this Geneva-based daily quotes extensively from AAN’s analysis of the “Omari operations” statement (n French): A en croire le communiqué qu’ils ont diffusé le 12 avril passé pour annoncer leur offensive, ils espèrent non seulement gagner du […]

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Après l’attentat de Kaboul, les questions en suspens

Thomas Ruttig

La Croix, 19 April 2016 Two quotes from AAN’s Thomas Ruttig in the context of the same day’s Taleban attack in Kabul, on the propagandistic aim of the attack and on what he calls “insufficient diplomatic preparation” of the QCD-led peace talks: « En ciblant un bâtiment du gouvernement, les talibans envoient un message de propagande fort, […]

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Map showing the distribution of attacks on schools across Afghanistan from the new UN report "Education and Healthcare at risk: Key trends and incidents affecting children’s access to healthcare and education in Afghanistan”, released on 18 April 2016

Education and Health Care at Risk: UN report paints grim picture of post-transition Afghanistan

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A new UN report highlights how access to healthcare and education in Afghanistan, particularly for children, is being increasingly compromised by violence, threats, intimidation and abuse of facilities. The number of verified incidents over the last three years (2013-2015) in particular shows an increase in recorded incidents of threats and intimidation, as well as a continued […]

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Join AAN for a live chat on "Prospects of peace and war in Afghanistan in 2016" at the 2016 Security Jam

Security Jam – 2016 (April 25 – 28)

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The Security Jam is a global brainstorming session on today’s security challenges. The Jam — spanning topics from development and human rights to security and defence — unfolds entirely in writing between April 25th and 28th. The Jam will feed into the EU’s thinking on a new Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy and into NATO’s […]

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