Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: September 2019

Trump Ends Talks with the Taleban: What happens next?

Kate Clark

United States president Donald Trump has called off talks with the Taleban and cancelled signing of an agreement with them. The trigger, he said, was a suicide bomb which killed one US soldier and “11 other people” carried out “seemingly [to] strengthen their bargaining position.” However, voices against the ‘agreement in principle’ deal had already […]

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Taliban Fragmentation: A Figment of Your Imagination?

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War on the Rocks (blog), 4 September 2019 Very interesting summary of facts and of the discussion about a crucial issue: how fragmented, or not, are the Taleban by Thomas Watkins – at the end of which the question marks shrinks somewhat.

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Ahmad Massoud seizes father’s torch

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Asia Times, 6 September 2019 Ahmad Massud, the son of slain Ahmad Shah Massud, starts a political movement, still with no name, in the Panjshir, aiming at setting up a new, anti-Taleban and pro-decentralisation “United” or “National Front” based on the old “Northern Alliance” – but it is unclear who is really supporting him so […]

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The U.S. in Afghanistan, Talking Peace and Waging War, Doesn’t Count All The Civilians It Slaughters

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The Daily Beast, 5 September 2019 Andrew Quilty’s reportage from Nadali district in Helmand, where Taleban briefly fired at a US convoy from a civilian compound, drawing  an airstrike during which two people were killed and several severely wounded. “In May this year, The U.S. Department of Defense released its Annual Report on Civilian Casualties. […]

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Themenabend: Die Auslandseinsätze der Bundeswehr

Thomas Ruttig

NDR, 5 September 2019 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is one of the participants of this hour-long panel called “Redezeit” (Speaking time) on German public radio, discussing the Bundeswehr mission in Afghanistan and other countries and its consequences. Wofür steht die Bundeswehr im Verteidigungsbündnis Nato? Wie ist das Verhältnis der deutschen Bevölkerung zu den Soldaten und ihren […]

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Die Konsequenzen aus dem Kundus-Angriff vor zehn Jahren

Thomas Ruttig

Deutsche Welle, 4 September 2019 Full interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig about the 10th anniversary of an German airstrike in Kunduz province that led to the killing of many civilians (in German).  

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Taliban betrachten afghanische Regierung als „US-Marionette“

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Frankfurter Rundschau, 4 September 2019 In an analysis of the situation before the expected (but now called off) US-Taleban deal, an AAN analysis by Thomas Ruttig and Martine von Bijlert is quoted: „Es scheint, die USA haben ihre Position ,Nichts ist vereinbart, bis alles vereinbart ist‘ und die Forderung nach einem umfassenden Waffenstillstand fallengelassen“, schreiben […]

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One Land, Two Rules (8): Delivering public services in insurgency-affected insurgent-controlled Zurmat district

Obaid Ali Sayed Asadullah Sadat Christian Bleuer

The Taleban’s military dominance in Zurmat district of Paktia province has allowed them to assert their will over how government and NGO-provided public services are delivered. Their motivation varies from ideological control (education and media) to revenue generation (taxes on telecommunications and public infrastructure projects). In this district, the Taleban have expanded into tax collection […]

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Les interrogations autour du compromis américano-taliban

Thomas Ruttig

La Croix, 3 September 2019 The French daily examines what is known so far of the US-Taleban deal on Afghanistan, quoting – among others – AAN research by Thomas Ruttig and Martine van Bijlert: Américains et talibans avaient dessiné, dès janvier 2019, les grands traits d’un accord limité autour de deux principes : le retrait des troupes […]

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Are The Taliban Capable Of Coexistence?

Thomas Ruttig

Gandhara, 2 September 2019 A short quote from AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on RFE/RL’s Gandhara website about the still pending US-Taleban withdrawal agreement: Thomas Ruttig, a former UN and EU diplomat and co-founder of the Afghanistan Analyst [sic] Network, a Kabul-based think tank, says Afghans are divided over the issue. “It might be the ‘best outcome’ […]

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