Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: July 2016

Taliban’s New Leader, More Scholar Than Fighter, Is Slow to Impose Himself


New York Times, 11 July 2016 The Times quotes AAN’s Borhan Osman in a portrait of new Taleban leader H(a)ibatullah Akhundzada: “Mawlawi Haibatullah’s area of influence is with the mullahs and the religious leaders, not the management and the commanders,” said Borhan Osman, a researcher with the Afghanistan Analysts Network who has written extensively about the Taliban. How […]

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Afghanistan: Nato’s længste og dyreste krig vil fortsætte efter 2020

Thomas Ruttig

Politiken, 10 July 2016 Longer quotes from AAN’s Thomas Ruttig in the Danish daily, commenting on the NATO decision to extend its military mission in Afghanistan (without end date) and funding for Afghan forces to 2020. Not online. PDF link here (go to bottom half of page): 20160710Politiken-nato afghanistan-2

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A Resolute Support team works with ‪officers from the ‪Afghan interior and defence ministries during a simulation exercise looking at the effect of different decisions on the effectiveness and affordability of ​the ANSF in the future. NATO’s Warsaw summit will also be considering funding of ANSF, as well as the deployment of international forces, 8-9 July 2016. (Photo: NATO - Resolute Support Mission, DATE: May 19, 2016)

Afghanistan at the Warsaw Summit: Looking for sustained support (with an 11 July 2016 update)

Jelena Bjelica Kate Clark Martine van Bijlert Sudhansu Verma

On 8 July 2016, in Warsaw, NATO begins a two-day heads of state summit for its member countries. Afghanistan is the first item on the agenda on day two. From an Afghan point of view this is an important event, the means by which Kabul secures funding for the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and […]

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Men dance the attan in Andar district of Ghazni, Eid al Fitr, 28 October, 2012. Photo: Fazal Mazhary

Eid Mubarak from AAN to All Our Readers

AAN Team

After each dark night, a bright morning comes, and after each Ramadan, comes Eid al Fitr. As this year’s long, hot month of dawn-till-dusk fasting ends, the AAN team would like to wish a joyful Eid to friends and readers, to all Muslims around the world and particularly to the people of Afghanistan. په هره تياره […]

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Hizb, not Afghanistan, the loser after Hekmatyar scuttles peace deal

Martine van Bijlert

Asia Times, 5 July 2016 Article on scuttled peace deal between Hezb-e Islami and the Afghan government quotes from recent dispatch by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig and Martine van Bijlert: Afghan officials have said that they were hoping that the peace agreement with the Hizb-e-Islami would become a template for a future deal with the Taliban. But […]

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Chechen cadets (but not in Afghanistan): Chechen separatist government National Guard cadets on parade in Grozny, 1999. Photo: Natalia Medvedeva

Chechens in Afghanistan 2: How to identify a Chechen

Christian Bleuer

Researchers focusing on Chechen issues point to clear evidence that many Chechens are fighting in Syria, but roundly reject the notion of a Chechen presence in Afghanistan. In the first part of his special two-parter, Christian Bleuer looked at how Chechens became a battlefield myth for western soldiers and a tool for Afghan and US […]

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Incontro Nazionale Emergency – Genoa: July 2, 2016


The Italian medical NGO Emergency is having its 4-day national meeting in Genoa, and tomorrow, 2 July 2016, AAN’s Fabrizio Foschini will be on the panel focusing on the Afghan conflict, which has seen Emergency’s engagement with war victims since the late 1990s. The panel will start at 15.00 in the Magazzini del Cotone Auditorium […]

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Afghanistan’s refugees: still fighting for their homes and land


Reuters, 1 July 2016 The news agency re-published, in a shortened version, Jelena Bjelica’s March 2016 AAN dispatch about land problems that Afghan returnees, mainly from Pakistan, are facing.

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