Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: August 2019

Afghanistan nach 100 Jahren Unabhängigkeit

Thomas Ruttig

ORF/Ö1, 19 August 2019 Listen to an audio of an interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig with Austrian public radio (in German) about the situation after the IS-claimed wedding-hall bombing, the US-Taleban talks and the country’s centenary of independence.

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Tödliche Attentate auf Hochzeitsfeier und Moschee

Thomas Ruttig

Tageszeitung, 19 August 2019 Summary of the information on the Kabul wedding hall bombing and a bomb attack near Quetta (Pakistan) that killed the brother of Taleban leader Hebatullah Akhunzada by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig for the Berlin-based daily (in German)

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IS bekennt sich zu Selbstmordanschlag auf Hochzeitsgesellschaft in Afghanistan

Thomas Ruttig

ARD-Tagesschau, 18 August 2019 Listen to a short comment of AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on the IS wedding hall bombing in Kabul in Germany’s leading news programme (in German; Afghanistan part starts at 00:08:25).

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Symbolism of a Day: A century of changing independence day celebrations in Afghanistan

S Reza Kazemi

From Amanullah Khan in whose time independence was realised, to Habibullah Kalakani who seemed to distance it from the previous regime, to Nader Shah and Zaher Shah who gave it a regal face, to President Daud who continued the royal tradition, to the communists and the mujahedin who downgraded it, to the Taleban who revived […]

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“Murder Is Always”: The Kulalgo night raid killings

Thomas Ruttig AAN Team

On the night of 11 and 12 August, what seems to have been a mixed US-Afghan commando raided several homes in Kulalgo, a large village in Zurmat district, Paktia. Eleven people were killed, civilians who had nothing to do with the insurgency, according to family members and local elders. They were ‘Taleban’ according to official […]

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Taliban footsoldiers’ warning [and ambiguity] on peace deal

AAN

The Daily Telegraph, 17 August 2019 “In telephone conversations with the Sunday Telegraph, fighters from across the country showed themselves to be both tired of war, and at times suspicious of their leaders. But they were also often uncompromising in their demands for an American defeat and Islamic government, with little sign they wanted to […]

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America and the Afghan Taliban appear closer to a deal

Thomas Ruttig

The Economist, 15 August 2019 Another short quote of AAN’s Thomas Ruttig, with a reference to the intra-Afghan dialogue in July 2019: All sides agreed to a vague formula of “Afghan all-inclusive negotiations”, notes Thomas Ruttig of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, a research group. But they were attending only in their personal capacities.

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Eine Wolke der Ungewissheit: Afghanistan-Abkommen zwischen den USA und den Taliban verzögert sich weiter

Thomas Ruttig

Neues Deutschland, 14 August 2019 Extensive analysis by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig of how far the US-Taleban talks have come so far and what is still open in this Berlin-based daily (in German).

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Kandahar from Razeq to Tadin (2): The collapse foretold that did not happen

Thomas Ruttig Ali Mohammad Sabawoon

After the assassination in October 2018 of Kandahar’s powerful police chief and ruthless anti-Taleban strongman, General Abdul Razeq, it was feared that the security regime he had installed in central parts of the province might break down without him and the Taleban might capitalise on this. Although fighting has since increased, the feared collapse has […]

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Harboring Hope Amidst Despair: Routine Attacks in Kabul Shake Families, Their Spirits Remain Intact

AAN

Reporterly (Kabul), 14 August 2019 An eyewitness account of the daily terror in Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan-Experte Thomas Ruttig über Friedenschancen: „Höchst gefährliche Koalition“

Thomas Ruttig

Stuttgarter Nachrichten, 12 August 2019 An extensive interview with AA’s Thomas Ruttig about the peace efforts for Afghanistan in the southern German regional daily (in German, behind a paywall).

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Kandahar from Razeq to Tadin (1): Building the ‘American tribe’

Ali Mohammad Sabawoon Thomas Ruttig

After the assassination in October 2018 of Kandahar’s powerful police chief and ruthless anti-Taleban strongman, General Abdul Razeq, it was feared that the security regime he installed in central parts of the province might break down without him and the Taleban might capitalise on it. Although fighting has since increased, the feared collapse has not […]

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