Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: January 2019

The Sangorian: Weakening the Taliban from Within

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Jamestown Terrorism Monitor, 11 January 2019 This rather weak and outdated analysis uses some information from the AAN website about a militia in Helmand and its (now assassinated) founded Jabbar Qahraman (and is also badly edited, as it writes our organisation in two different versions).

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The Myth of ‘Afghan Black’ (2): The cultural history of hashish consumption in Afghanistan

Fabrizio Foschini Jelena Bjelica Obaid Ali

Hashish or chars is a fairly common substance in Afghanistan. Its use, without ever attaining the levels of mass consumption that characterise other lightly-intoxicating substances in other war-torn countries, like the chewing of qat in Yemen or Somalia, for example, has remained relatively widespread. This does not mean that it is condoned by society: hashish-users, known as […]

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Irreguläre Milizen – Amerikaner operieren im rechtsfreien Raum

Thomas Ruttig

SRF 4 (Swiss radio), 10 January 2018 Interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig about a New York Times report on CIA-linked Afghan militias and torture. He says that there have been consistent reports of abuses by such units but little legal consequences; and that the role of militias has grown under Trump (in German). It is […]

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آیا گروه طالبان در مشهد دفتر دارد؟ [Do the Taleban have an office in Mashhad?]

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BBC Farsi, 7 January 2019 The BBC Farsi’s Fawad Masiha looked at the available sources on this subject (and the existence of a ‘Mashhad shura’ that does not recognise the Quetta shura’s authority. In his feature, he finds the source base rather narrow – although, he says, a Wall Street Journal article quoting one anonymous Western security official […]

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Afghanistan fallen lassen, zum Zweiten

Thomas Ruttig

Blättchen, 1/2019 (7 January 2019) AAN’s Thomas Ruttig provided an article on the possible fallout of Trump’s much-discount hint he might reduce US troops in Afghanistan for the German online political magazine (in German).

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C.I.A.’s Afghan Forces Leave a Trail of Abuse and Anger

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New York Times, 31 December 2018 Another key piece by Mujib Mashal, on an often overlooked aspect of US military presence in Afghanistan – the “parallel mission to the United States military’s [Resolute Support], but with looser rules of engagement.” “The Times went to the sites of half a dozen of their raids, often less […]

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The Myth of ‘Afghan Black’ (1): A cultural history of cannabis cultivation and hashish production in Afghanistan

Fabrizio Foschini Jelena Bjelica

The cannabis plant is indigenous to the region of which Afghanistan is a part. Throughout human history, almost every part of the plant has been used – its fibres to make clothes, its oil-rich seeds as a food, its leaves, flowers, and resin as medicine, and of course, as a psychoactive drug. Hashish, made from […]

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Remarks by President Trump in Cabinet Meeting [incl. about Afghanistan]

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The White House, 2 January 2019 Full text of the cabinet meeting and press conference in which Trump said, in some twist of history, that “Russia used to be the Soviet Union” and “was in Afghanistan was because terrorists were going into Russia”.

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AAN’s most-read dispatches in 2018: So much war… and a little peace and justice

Kate Clark

Here at AAN, we have been looking back at what we published in 2018, in English and Dari and Pashto. We have also been considering what you, dear readers, have been most interested in. Compiling the list of our most-read dispatches in 2018 was a sobering task, says AAN Co-Director, Kate Clark (with data from […]

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‘Worse every day’: Afghans expect 2019 to be even deadlier

Thomas Ruttig

AFP/Daily Sabah and RTL, 1 January 2019 The news agency tries a look ahead into the new year 2019 and Afghanistan, with quotes from AAN’s Thomas Ruttig, among others, on 2018: “It was a very bad year, the situation has not improved at all,” said Thomas Ruttig, co-director of Afghanistan Analysts Network. (…) Ruttig said Washington […]

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