Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: July 2021

Dossier XXX: Afghan Women’s Rights and the New Phase of the Conflict

AAN Team

Afghan women are generally more talked about than heard from. From 1978 and the start of Afghanistan’s conflict onwards, the argument over women’s rights and roles has been an ideological fault line running through multiple phases of the war. Girls education, women in the workplace, women’s rights in marriage and the household, and in the […]

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A Detailed Map of Fallen Districts 24 July 2021 update

AAN has calculated that, as of 1 May, the Taleban held 33 of Afghanistan’s 421 district centres. Two months later, at the end of June, they had captured and held 125 more, capturing also eight others, but losing them back to the government. In July so far, as the map below shows, the Taleban have […]

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New UNAMA Civilian Casualties report: The human cost of the Taleban push to take territory

Kate Clark

Any notion that the Taleban capture of territory since 1 May has been virtually bloodless has been demolished by UNAMA’s mid-year report on civilian casualties, published today. The numbers of civilians killed and injured in the first six months of 2021 are back up to the record highs of 2014 to 2018. Moreover, nearly half […]

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Gefährlich geschönt: Regierung verharmlost Afghanistan-Lage

Tageszeitung (Berlin), 23 July 2021 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig analyses the latest German government report about the “asylum- and deportation-relevant situation in Afghanistan” (official name of the document) for the Berlin-based daily – and finds: in parts overtaken by reality, contains stark belittlements of the dramatically deteriorated situation and uses selective information from UN and other […]

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Canadian Veterans Fill Void to Help Afghans Who Once Worked With Them

The New York Times, 22 July 2021 Another reference to recent AAN research: The Taliban have gained control of nearly half of Afghanistan’s district centers since their current offensive began on May 1, according to the Afghanistan Analysts Network, a research organization. 

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Inside the Siege of Kunduz

Rolling Stone, 20 July 2021 This article contains a short quote from AAN research: The Afghanistan Analysts Network, a Kabul-based think tank, asserts that the Taliban strategy in the north “looks like a preemptive strike to prevent a northern opposition from organizing.”

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AAN wishes calm for Afghanistan at Eid al-Adha

AAN Team

This Eid al-Adha comes at a very troubling time for Afghanistan. War has continued and intensified across the country, leaving a trail of deaths, injuries, displacement and damage on all sides. Equally worrying is the widespread uncertainty and fear about what is coming next. At AAN, we sincerely hope this Eid will help to usher […]

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Gewalt in Afghanistan: Sie machen, was sie wollen

Tageszeitung (Berlin), 19 July 2021 In this op-ed (in German), AAN’s Thomas Ruttig summarises the security situation in Afghanistan that forcd the Afghan government to cancel ‘forced repatriations’ of their citizens from European countries.

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Wo sich Afghanistans Schicksal entscheidet

Süddeutsche Zeitung, 18 July 2021 The Munich-based daily, reporting on the security situation in Afghanistan and particularly the country’s north and Kunduz province (the area where German troops have been deployed) cites recent AAN research: Mehr als die Hälfte der afghanischen Distrikte sind bereits unter Kontrolle der Taliban, wie das angesehene Kabuler Afghanistan Analyst Networks […]

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A Detailed Map of Fallen Districts since 1 May 2021

The Afghan government has continued to lose district centres to the Taleban. By our reckoning, the insurgents have gained control of more 160 district centres since 1 May, most of them since mid-June. Added to the ones they already controlled, that puts the insurgents in charge of just over half of all Afghanistan’s district centres.

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افغانستان ۱۴۰۰؛ ظهور و زوال یک حرکت سیاسی (Afghanistan 1400 – the rise and fall of a political movement)

Hasht-e Sobh, 25 Saratan 1400 (16 July 2021) A Dari translation (by renowned Kabul daily Hasht-e Sobh) of AAN’s report on Afghanistan 1400 that we published in English and Pashto.

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Menace, Negotiation, Attack: The Taleban take more District Centres across Afghanistan

Kate Clark AAN Team

The Afghan government has continued to lose district centres to the Taleban. By our reckoning, the insurgents have gained control of almost 200 district centres since 1 May, most of them since mid-June. Added to the ones they already controlled, that puts the insurgents in charge of just over half of all Afghanistan’s district centres. […]

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