Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: August 2016

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Obaidullah (ISN762) 14 Years in Detention

Kate Clark

Obaidullah (ISN762): Place of Birth: Dusarak Haiderkheil Village, Khost Year of Birth: 1980-1983 (different dates given) Detained by US forces in house raid, 21 July 2002 and held in Chapman Forward Operating Base, Khost; transferred to Bagram, 2 August 2002, transferred to Guantanamo, 28 October 2002 Transferred to UAE, 16 October 2016 (Periodic Review Board) […]

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Afghan Forces Retake Northern District Hours After It Fell to Taliban

Martine van Bijlert

VOA News, 20 August 2016 Article on the fall and recapture of Khanabad district in Kunduz quotes AAN’s recent dispatch on the situation in the province: “Kunduz is currently the most vulnerable province in the Afghan North. Since the provincial capital fell last year, Kunduz has seen more Taliban attacks on district centers than any […]

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Afghans Still Dispute Legacy Of Former ‘Bandit King’

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RFE/RL, 20 August 2016 Interesting article about the Afghan debate around King Habibullah II – aka (derogatorily) Bacha-ye Saqao – who overthrew reformer-King Amanullah in 1929. Another one on this subject here in the Washington Post.

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From Guantanamo to the UAE: A scrutiny of the three Afghan transfer cases

Kate Clark

Three of the eight remaining Afghans detained by the United States in Guantanamo have been transferred to the United Arab Emirates. The three had each spent 13 or 14 years in detention. None were captured on the battlefield, but detained after tip-offs or were handed over to the US by Afghan forces. Their files reveal […]

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Hamidullah (ISN 1119) 13 years in detention

Kate Clark

Hamidullah (ISN 1119): Date of birth: 1963 Place of birth: Tara Khel village, Deh Sabz, Kabul Detained 31 July 2003 by Afghan National Army which handed him over to the “National Directorate of Security (NDS) and US forces (undated); transferred to Guantanamo 21 November 2003 Transferred to UAE 14 August 2016 after Periodic Review Board […]

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Report Criticizes Military Use of Schools in Afghanistan

Martine van Bijlert

VOA News, 19 August 2016 A brief reportage, discussing the recent Human Rights Watch report that criticised the use of schools by Afghan security forces in Taliban-Held areas, refers to AAN’s dispatch on the situation in Baghlan: “The Afghanistan Analysts’ Network is pessimistic about the future of the security situation in Baghlan. It notes that the recently captured […]

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The U.S. Presence and Afghanistan’s National Unity Government: Preserving and Broadening the Political Settlement

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NYU Center for International Cooperation, August 2016 A paper co-authored by ex-UNAMA Georgette Gagnon and Barnett R. Rubin, recapitulating political and constitutional developments leading to the establishment of the NUG and its falling into crisis. It also discusses amending the Afghan constitution, as a way out of the current crisis, looks back at proposals that […]

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Far From Back to Normal: The Kunduz crisis lingers on

Lola Cecchinel

The Taleban’s recent takeover of both Qala-ye Zal and Dasht-e Archi’s district centres is the latest episode in the long-running battle for possession of Kunduz province. It follows the spectacular takeover of Kunduz’s provincial centre by insurgents in late September 2015, the hard-won recapture by pro-government forces two weeks later and the government’s unsuccessful counter-offensive […]

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US War Crimes or ‘Normalized Deviance’

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Middle East Online, 17 August 2016 In this article on the London-based website about “hypocritical standards that justify war crimes” in the “U.S. foreign policy establishment and its mainstream media”, the author refers to AAN publications by Kate Clark: Kate Clark of the Afghanistan Analysts Network has documented that U.S. rules of engagement already permit routine targeting of […]

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Afganistán y Pakistán se desangran ante el empuje de la insurgencia

Thomas Ruttig

El Correo and Sur, 14 August 2016 Quotes from AAN’s Lenny Linke and Thomas Ruttig in this article about Afghan-Pakistani relations in two Spanish newspapers. See the PDP files here: part 1: El Correo part 1 part 2: El Correo part 2

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Surkh Kotal, here seen from afar, came under Taleban control in mid-May 2016 and was only recaptured after ANSF operations a month later. (Photo Source: Heritage Institute)

Taleban in the North: Gaining ground along the Ring Road in Baghlan

Obaid Ali

The Taleban have made significant inroads in a number of strategic areas in the northern province of Baghlan over the past two years. They now pose a greater threat than ever to the Baghlan-Balkh highway, part of the Ring Road which here links Kabul to the north. The Taleban know that by blocking highways, they […]

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Abdullah to Ghani: ‘What Does Your Highness Spend Your Time On?’

Martine van Bijlert

The Diplomat, 12 August 2016 Article on recent impasse between president Ghani and CEO Abdullah quotes AAN’s dispatches on whether the NUG is about to run out and links to one of its dispatches on electoral reform: The two-year deadline is September 2016. But as Martine van Bijlert and Ali Yawar Adili pointed out in a […]

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