Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: November 2017

Afghanistan Election Conundrum (1): Political pressure on commissioners puts 2018 vote in doubt

Ali Yawar Adili

While struggling to prepare for the parliamentary (and supposedly also district council) elections scheduled for the 7 July 2018, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) are finding themselves under increasing fire from a growing number of political groups and election observer bodies. There have been allegations of financial corruption, government interference […]

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Afghan troops going AWOL from JBSA

Thomas Ruttig

San Antonio Express-News, 17 November 2017 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is briefly quoted here: But in the view of Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, a nonprofit research group based in Kabul, the AWOL cases illuminate the prevailing pessimism within a nation strangled by war since the Soviet Union breached its borders in 1979. […]

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Poppy field in Helmand. Photo: AAN Staff

A Low-Risk Crop in a High-Risk Environment: Annual opium survey shows Afghan poppy cultivation at a record high

Jelena Bjelica

More opium was grown and more opium paste produced in Afghanistan in 2017 than in any year since the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) began monitoring in 1994. The UNODC’s annual Afghanistan Opium Survey, released today, has shown that 328,000 hectares of land were used to grow poppy this year, an increase […]

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A view on Qush Tepe district centre. Photo: Muhammad Tamkeen

Qari Hekmat’s Island: A Daesh enclave in Jawzjan?

Obaid Ali

The Taleban have failed either to re-enlist or to eliminate a dissident commander in Jawzjan who, as a result of internal Taleban conflicts over territorial control and taxation, has aligned himself with Daesh. A recent military offensive – in which fighters from several provinces were mobilised – remained unsuccessful in the second half of October. […]

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The Marines returned to Helmand province. Is their mission a blueprint for Trump’s Afghanistan strategy?

AAN

Los Angeles Times, 10 November 2017 Some inside in what the new US troops’ task is in Helmand and what they are doing there. Includes the interesting remark by an Afghan military instructor: “If they leave again, things will 100% be reversed.”

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یک گام نزدیک‌تر به محاکمه‌ی مجرمان جنگی

AAN

Etelaat Rooz, 17 Aqrab 1396 (8 November 2017) The Kabul-base daily reprints AAN’s dispatch on the latest developments around possible International Criminal Court investigations in Afghanistan by Ehsan Qaane and Kate Clark.

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New external publication: Conflict Portrait Afghanistan (at PRIO Oslo)

Thomas Ruttig

Renowned Oslo-based Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO, go to website here) has published an updated version of Thomas Ruttig’s “Conflict Portrait: Afghanistan” that, in turn, had come out (then in German) at the German Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Centre for Political Education), a main web-based collection of information for teachers, students and the general public, […]

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Afghanistan tops US Defence Chief meet with NATO

Thomas Ruttig

Radio France International, 8 November 2017 Listen to a short interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig about NATO’s role in Afghanistan, on the occasion of the current NATO defence ministers’ meeting.

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Talebani contro Isis, la nuova guerra che insanguina l’Afghanistan

Thomas Ruttig

L’Espresso, 8 November 2017 In this long article on the Italian daily’s website on the Taleban-IS conflict in Afghanistan, ex-AAN colleague Borhan Osman (from his AAN research) and AAN’s Thomas Ruttig are quoted – Borhan on the evolution of the Afghan IS chapter, ISKP, on the number of its fighters and its ideology: «In Nangarhar […]

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Noch ein Krieg für Afghanistan? Der IS und die Schiiten

Thomas Ruttig

dpa/Augsburger Allgemeine, 7 November 2017 In this article by the main German news agency, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted about IS attacks against Afghan Shias and the – so far avoided – religious Sunni-Shia conflict in the country: “Bisher waren die Afghanen gegen Versuche, einen Konflikt zwischen Sunniten und Schiiten zu erzeugen, ja weitgehend immun”, […]

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U.S. denies civilian deaths in recent Afghanistan airstrikes, but locals claim otherwise

AAN

Think Progress, 7 November 2017 This article – by Ali Latifi – has several quotes from AAN’s Obaid Ali: “For the last year, there have been so many operations and attacks on the ground and in the sky in Kunduz,” said Obaid Ali, an analyst at the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network. (…) Ali said locals […]

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Damage to the Paktia police and army headquarters in Gardez after the first Taleban attack in June 2017. Photo: Tolo.

The ‘Humvee Bomb’ Series: The October wave of Taleban attacks in 2017 context

Thomas Ruttig

In October 2017, Afghans experienced another particularly violent period. A series of high-profile insurgent attacks took place almost simultaneously in Kabul and five provinces. Provincial and district centres were targeted, as well as ANSF installations and Sunni and Shia mosques. The overall number of people killed in these attacks is estimated to be over 200, […]

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