Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: August 2018

Afghanistan Number of Deaths 1989-2017

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Uppsala Conflict Data Program, 15 August 2018 Since 1946 Afghanistan has experienced the interstate, intrastate, non-state, and one-sided categories of UCDP organised violence, with over 200,000 dead. See more figures via the link.

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Abschiebung ins Konfliktgebiet

Thomas Ruttig

Neues Deutschland, 15 August 2018 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig in briefly quoted in the Berlin-based daily in context with the latest German deportations of rejected Afghan asylum seekers, saying that Afghanistan is a “country in war” where “areas that are safe today, can be places where attacks happen tomorrow.” »Afghanistan ist ein Land im Krieg«, befindet […]

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Die erbarmungslose Rückkehr der Taliban

Thomas Ruttig

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 15 August 2018 This extensive analysis of the security situation after the Taleban temporary captured Ghazni city, has some quotes – direct ones and unattributed ones – from AAN’s Thomas Ruttig (in German): Deutsche Afghanistan-Fachleute zeigen sich angesichts der Entwicklungen alarmiert. Denn die Strategie der Regierung in Kabul, ihr Augenmerk auf die […]

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BBC reporter’s terrifying days amid Taliban assault on Ghazni

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BBC, 15 August 2018 “The sun started to go down behind the mountains to the west of the city. Residents were still trapped inside their houses as fighting raged in the streets outside. Many of them were unaware of exactly what was happening elsewhere. …”

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Abschiebungen: Flüchtlingshelfer bangen um ihre afghanischen Schützlinge

Thomas Ruttig

Tagesspiegel, 14 August 2018 The Berlin-based daily has a short quote of AAN’s Thomas Ruttig in this article about growing concerns among refugee supporters that their Afghan clients are being deported by German authorities even when in training or education, something that officially had even been promoted – he calls the deportations “morally shameful”, given […]

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Kämpfe im afghanischen Ghasni: Taliban überrennen Provinzhauptstadt

Thomas Ruttig

Tageszeitung, 14 August 2018 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig summarises the situation in Ghazni during their attack on the provincial capital (in German), With commentary “Emperors without clothes” – about where the Afghan government, military, NATO and donors failed – here.

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Afghanistan Election Conundrum (11): Electoral reform and the preparations for the 2018 elections – a summary

Ali Yawar Adili

Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections are scheduled for 20 October this year, three and a half years late. They were delayed so that the electoral system could be reformed – although what that delay achieved in terms of reforms, is questionable. The country’s first district elections are also still scheduled for the same day, although the Independent Election Commission […]

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Thematic Dossier XX: Electoral reform and the preparations for the 2018 elections

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Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections are scheduled for 20 October this year, three and a half years late. They were delayed so that the electoral system could be reformed – although what that delay achieved in terms of reforms, is questionable. The country’s first district elections are also still scheduled for the same day, although the Independent Election Commission […]

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Taliban greifen Provinzhauptstadt Ghasni an

Thomas Ruttig

dpa/Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 10 August 2018 AAN is quoted on the security situation in Ghazni prior to the recent attacks, unfortunately incorrectly – the statement about the Taleban presence in almost all districts did not refer to their centres: Die Sicherheit in der Provinz Ghasni hatte sich in den vergangenen Monaten noch einmal verschlechtert. Bereits […]

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Pakistan recruits thousands more troops to guard Afghan border

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The National, 9 August 2018 In this article in the Dubai-based daily, AAN research about cross border routes is quoted: A paper by the Afghanistan Analysts’ Network last year said there were well established “commuting routes” for the Afghan Taliban to travel over the border into Pakistan for rest, training or meetings and then return […]

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Afghanistan Election Conundrum (10): Failure to hold the first ever district council elections?

Ali Yawar Adili

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has proposed a delay in the district council elections, citing a lack of candidates. According to a report from the body, only a tenth of the country’s districts have enough male and female candidates to compete. The IEC listed several reasons as to why so few people wanted to stand: […]

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Afghan Government Under Fire for Rescuing Islamic State Militants

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Voice of America, 6 August 2018 AAN analysis is quoted in this report about the controversial surrender of pro-IS fighters in the province of Jawzjan, pointing out human rights concerns: The controversial amnesty law marginalizes victims, overlooking their right to justice, said observers with the Kabul-based independent Afghanistan Analysts Network in an article on the […]

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