Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: February 2018

A 3-Step Exit Strategy for Afghanistan

Thomas Ruttig

The National Interest, 22 February 2018 Stating that “Trump’s military strategy has even less chance to succeed than the failed strategies of Presidents Bush and Obama before him”, Daniel L. Davis,  senior fellow for Defense Priorities and a former lieutenant colonel in the US Army, argues that a “clean break to a strong new policy” in Afghanistan […]

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A poster from the Afghanistan Central Registration Authorities’s facebook page, posted in December 2017, which promotes the e-tazkera for good governance. The roll-out of electronic cards in Afghanistan on 15 February 2018, steered a heated political debate. Credit: ACCRA Facebook page.

The E-Tazkera Rift: Yet another political crisis looming?

Ali Yawar Adili Jelena Bjelica

The roll out of electronic national identity cards, also known as the e-tazkera has begun, heating up a contentious political debate, which had been simmering since 2013. That debate centres on whether the new ID should mention the holder’s ethnicity, and his or her nationality using the term ‘Afghan’ and in particular whether the words […]

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In Afghanistan, Fewer Civilian Casualties Is Still Too Many

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War Is Boring (blog), 21 February 2018 In this article on the recent UNAMA civilian casualties, the author quotes from Kate Clark’s analysis of the report for AAN: Kate Clark, co-director of the Afghan [sic] Analyst Network, observed in her own report that “reduction translates into almost 800 people who are alive and uninjured today […]

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2017 worst year on record for suicide bombings in Afghanistan

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ABC, 19 February 2018 Watch a video with AAN’s Kate Clark on Australian TV: Kate Clarke [sic] of the Afghanistan Analysts Network says while there has been a decline in the overall number of casualties, targeted attacks on civilians have increased, killing and injuring more than ten thousand in 2017.

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Asylverfahren-Gutachter Mahringer steht selbst auf dem Prüfstand

Thomas Ruttig

Profil, 19 February 2018 In this article about an initiative to put the so far monopolist of Afghanistan analysis in Austrian asylum cases under scrutiny, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted (article in German): Vergangenen Herbst bat das Netzwerk Asylanwalt den deutschen Afghanistan-Experten Thomas Ruttig um einen Kommentar. Er fand klare Worte: Gutachter Mahringer ziehe oberflächliche, […]

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Minnesota terror case shows challenge of predicting attacks

Thomas Ruttig

My San Antonio, 18 February 2018 This article on this local news website uses recent Euronews footage with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig about the situation in Afghanistan, the role of the Taleban and IS.  

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Hamid Karzai’s dark theories are gaining traction in Afghanistan

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Washington Post/Stars and Stripes, 14 February 2018 Pamela Constable has met ex-President Karzai and looks at his ambiguous politicking: His theories often sound conspiratorial and his proposals self-serving. It is not always easy to tell if he believes his more far-fetched assertions, such as that the United States is secretly supporting the Islamic State offshoot […]

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The cover of the 2017 UNAMA report showing a victim of the 25 August, ISKP-claimed attack on the Shia Imam Zaman Mosque in Kabul city. A suicide bomber and four gunmen killed 35 civilians and injured 65 others during Friday prayers. Photo: (C) Omar Sobhani, Reuters

Nine Per Cent Reduction in Civilian Casualties in 2017: Better news (but still bad)

Kate Clark

For the first time since 2012, UNAMA has recorded a year-on-year decrease – of nine per cent – in civilian casualties sustained during the Afghan conflict. This relatively good news still meant that more than ten thousand civilians were killed and injured during 2017. There are glimmers of hope in UNAMA’s report; the Afghan National […]

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Bericht über Afghanistan: Mehr als 10.000 zivile Opfer

Thomas Ruttig

ARD, 15 February 2018 Video interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig by Tagesschau24, the round-the-clock version of German leading public TV network’s main news show, regarding the latest UNAMA civilian casualties report.

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Taliban publish letter calling on US to start Afghan peace talks

Thomas Ruttig

The Guardian, 14 February 2018 A one-line quote by Thomas Ruttig here, on the Taleban online invitation to Doha for US Senator Rand Paul: This invitation stands a better chance of influencing US policy than the “generalised” open letter, according to Thomas Ruttig, of the thinktank the Afghan [sic] Analysts Network.    

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L’Afghanistan est-il le nouveau territoire de Daech ?

Thomas Ruttig

Ulyces, 12 February 2018 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig and ex-colleague Borhan Osman are extensively quoted in this article (which gratefully has a question mark in its title) in the French online magazin: Au même titre que ces derniers, actifs depuis des décennies, l’État islamique a « continué de se montrer capable d’infliger des pertes massives », note le rapport […]

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Wo sich die Taliban die Dörfer zurückholen

Thomas Ruttig

Die Zeit, 12 February 2018 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted in this reportage from Taleban-influenced  areas in Badakhshan on the general likelihood of a new Taleban takeover. He says that this was not “acute” and that a takeover of a number of provincial centres were the key to this, while the ultimate goal is Kabul, […]

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