Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: January 2018

Tödliches Wochenende in Kabul

Thomas Ruttig

Neues Deutschland, 29 January 2018 The left-leaning German daily quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig in this article about possible motifs behind the latest Taleban wave of violence in Kabul: Afghanistan-Experte Thomas Ruttig vermutet, dass die Terroristen damit zugleich das aktuelle politische Chaos vor den geplanten Wahlen sowie die Unzufriedenheit der Bevölkerung zuspitzen und so einen Kollaps […]

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Der Krankenwagen bringt Zerstörung

Thomas Ruttig

Tageszeitung, 29 January 2018 Op-ed report in the Berlin daily by AAN’s Thomas Ruttoig about the Taleban-claimed attack with an explosives-rigged ambulance car in Kabul that caused 103 people killed alone.

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An increase in bombings spreads fear in Afghanistan. It could also be a message to President Trump

Thomas Ruttig

Los Angeles Times/San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 January 2018 The newspapers quote from Thomas Ruttig’s latest AAN analysis of 2017 security trends in Afghanistan: Since the end of 2014, when the U.S.-led coalition shifted to more of an advisory role and gave Afghan forces responsibility for security, the annual number of “security incidents” recorded by the […]

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Why has Afghanistan seen so many attacks in the last week?

Thomas Ruttig

Euronews, 29 January 2018 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted in this summary of an interview for Euronews about the latest wave of terrorist attacks, the relationship between the Taleban and IS, the role of Pakistan and the likelihood for peace talks. Includes a video. Also in German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Turkish.

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Thomas Ruttig: “L’única solució per posar fi a la guerra és parlar amb els talibans”

Thomas Ruttig

ara.cat, 28 January 2018 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig was interviewed  by the Barcelona-based newspaper after the 27 January Taleban car bomb attack. Despite the fact that such attacks will turn more afghans against talks with the Taleban, he sees an end in the conflict only in a political solution via talks with the Taleban.

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Losing Sight: A 4-Year-Old Girl Was the Sole Survivor of a U.S. Drone Strike in Afghanistan. Then She Disappeared.

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The Intercept, 27 January 2018 Amazing story by May Jeong, from Assadabad in Kunar province, that has happened in September 2013. But also: Apparently the story had been written elsewhere before – see above: “The story of the faceless girl” from 2014.

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Fast 100 Tote und 160 Verletzte bei Taliban-Anschlag

Thomas Ruttig

dpa/Die Welt, 27 January 2018 The leading German news agency quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on possible motifs behind the day’s Taleban car bomb attack that killed almost 100 people. He says that, as one aspect of it, the Taleban possibly wanted to deepen Afghans’ disappointment with a government that they believe is not capable of […]

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Afghanistan under attack

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Frontier Post, 26 January 2018 A premier? AAN quoted in the leading Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (formerly NWFP) daily, on anti-IS militias in eastern Afghanistan: Locals also began taking up arms against ISKP and joined “uprising” groups led by local strongmen, while others coordinated with Afghan Security Forces or even the Taliban in an effort to fight off […]

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Indonesia Proposes 3-Nation Panel of Islamic Scholars to Promote Afghan Peace

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Voice of America, 26 January 2018 With a short quote from AAN’s latest analysis of 2017’s lack of serious peace efforts, on Taleban language.

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Armed Anti-Militant Bands Hound Civilians In Restive Afghan Province

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Gandhara, 25 January 2018 A new example of ‘militias gone wrong‘ in the northeast of Afghanistan, here Kunduz, by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty blog contributors Ajmal Aryan and Abubakar Siddique.: Farmers across Kunduz say illegal militias prey on their livelihoods and extort money or take away a portion of their produce in the name of Islamic taxes […]

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Human rights abused as children are imprisoned along with a parent

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The Saratoga Falcon, 25 January 2018 Sari Kouvo’s 2011 AAN research is quoted in this article about children rights in Afghanistan: Even though many nations have an age limit to incarcerating innocent minors along with their parents, these laws are not always strictly abided by. Afghanistan places this restriction at age 7, but Meena’s position, […]

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