Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: April 2017

Top US Security Official in Afghanistan for Crucial Talks

Martine van Bijlert

Voice of America News, 16 April 2017 Article on the visit of US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster to Kabul quotes AAN’s initial assessment on the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb that the US dropped on a cave complex in Nangarhar on 13 April 2017: Given ISKP’s limited role in Afghanistan, there are questions as to […]

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‘Mother of All Bombs’ Dropped on ISKP: Assessing the aftermath

Borhan Osman Kate Clark Martine van Bijlert

American and Afghan forces have arrived at the site of the massive US bomb blast that targeted a complex of tunnels and caves in Achin, Nangarhar, the stronghold of the Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP), on 13 April 2017. Journalists and other independent observers have not yet been allowed to enter the area, so information […]

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ISIL in Afghanistan: how big a threat is it?

Martine van Bijlert

The National (UAE), 15 April 2017 Article on the strength of Daesh in Afghanistan appears to lean heavily on AAN’s dispatch from July 2016 on the origins of the group in Afghanistan. It also quotes AAN’s Borhan Osman: According to Borhan Osman, a researcher with the Afghan Analysts Network, who has written extensively on the […]

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Nicholson: US forces in Afghanistan called in MOAB strike, not Washington

Martine van Bijlert

Stars and Stripes, 14 April 2017 In a follow-up article on the MOAB strike, the Stars and Stripes quotes AAN’s Martine van Bijlert again: Some analysts questioned the need to use a bomb of such destructive power given the group’s lack of momentum. “The threat posed by ISIS in Afghanistan just doesn’t seem that large […]

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#MOAB: zo ziet de verkrachting van de aarde eruit

Martine van Bijlert

MO (mondiaal nieuws), 14 April 2017 This highly critical article on the US strike by Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb quotes AAN’s recent dispatch on ISKP’s battle for minds, stating that while ISKP’s presence on the battle field is diminishing, its ideological potential may not be facing the same decline: “De extreem sektarische aanpak van IS-K […]

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A sign of recent changes in the bazaar of Shamshatu, which would be more crowded before the new changes of 2016. Though the crowd in the bazaar has been considerably reduced, more people are expected to leave the camp. The possible new returns can further cause downsize to the business in the bazaar of Shamshatu camp.

Moving Out of Shamshatu: Hezb-e Islami’s refugee followers between hope of return and doubts about the peace deal

Fazl Rahman Muzhary

Shamshatu refugee camp, headquarters of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hezb-e Islami in Pakistan since the 1980s, is increasingly empty. Many residents, including a number of important Hezb leaders, have left for Afghanistan, encouraged to return by the peace agreement signed by Hekmatyar and President Ashraf Ghani in September 2016. The deal paved the way for the return […]

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Her treffer «alle bombers mor» Afghanistan

Martine van Bijlert

VG Nyheter, 14 April 2017 Norwegian quotes AAN’s Martine van Bijlert again on the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, dropped on Achin by the US: Martine van Bijlert, en av direktørene i det internasjonale Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN), sa følgende til VG torsdag kveld: – Det er vanskelig å si med så få detaljer om hva […]

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‘It felt like the heavens were falling’: Afghans reel from MOAB’s impact

Martine van Bijlert

The Guardian, 14 April 2017 AAN’s Borhan Osman comments on the US’ use of a Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb in Afghanistan: The US had sustained an air campaign to eradicate Isis in eastern Afghanistan for more than a year, and according to Borhan Osman, an Isis expert with the Afghanistan Analysts Network, it had […]

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‘Mother of all bombs’ killed 36 Islamic State fighters, Afghan officials say

Martine van Bijlert

Stars and Stripes, 14 April 2017 AAN’s Martine van Bijlert was quoted commenting on the US’ use of a Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb against a Dash base in Achin, Nangarhar: Questions have emerged about whether, because of the group’s size and limited penetration in Afghanistan, the strike was overkill. The ISIS offshoot, known as […]

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Oklara följder i Afghanistan av jättebomb

Martine van Bijlert

NSD (Sweden), 13 April 2017 Article quotes AAN’s Martine van Bijlert giving a first reaction on the use of a Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb in Achin, Nangarhar: Det är svårt att säga med tanke på hur få detaljer som är kända om syftet med angreppet. Men det tycks inte finnas några överhängande skäl för […]

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O grupo que quer tomar o lugar dos taliban

Martine van Bijlert

Publico, 13 April 2017 Article titled “The group that wants to take the place of the Taliban” quotes AAN’s Borhan Osman: “O nome Daesh tornou-se num título fácil para todos aqueles descontentes com os taliban, tanto no Afeganistão como no Paquistão, para ajustar contas com os seus ex-camaradas”, dizia recentemente Borhan Osman, do Afghanistan Analyst […]

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Forsker om bruken av gigantbombe i Afghanistan: – Ser ut som overdreven maktbruk

Martine van Bijlert

VG Nyheter, 13 April 2017 Article in Norwegian Daily quotes AAN’s Martine van Bijlert, alongside Afghanistan observer Astri Surke on the US’ use of a Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb in Achin, Nangarhar: “Det er vanskelig å si med så få detaljer om hva tanken bak angrepet var, men sett fra bakken virker det ikke å […]

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