Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: October 2021

Taliban play down ISIS-K threat despite spate of attacks

The National (Dubai), 12 October 2021 AAN’s Ali Adili is quoted here on the Taleban-IS relationship: As for Afghans who have already endured more than four decades of war, ISKP has become “a new spectre haunting the people”, independent Afghanistan analyst Ali Adili said. “The Taliban as a militant group has poor-to-zero accountability when it […]

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Strange Quiet Arrives in [southern] Afghanistan After Decades of War

Wall Street Journal, 11 October 2021 Reportage by Sune Engel Rasmussen from Helmand, Zabul and Kandahar, showing the other side of the war, local populations driven to support the Taleban because of western forces-caused destruction. He tweetd about his journey: I didn’t fully understand the scale of destruction in Sangin until I went there. In […]

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The Khalid Payenda Interview (2): Reforms, regrets and the final bid to save a collapsing Republic

Kate Clark Roxanna Shapour

In this second part of this interview, former Minister of Finance Khalid Payenda talks to AAN’s Kate Clark and Roxanna Shapour about the reaction of the Republic’s leadership to his plans to get the economy back on track and fight corruption and whether it was already too late to effect meaningful change. He gives a […]

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Mindestens 43 Tote bei Anschlag auf Moschee in Kundus

dpa/Süddeutsche Zeitung, 8 October 2021 In this article in on eof the leading German dailies, dpa material with quotes from AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is used (In German) on ISs strength in Afghanistan: Dem Afghanistan-Experten Thomas Ruttig von der Denkfabrik Afghanistan Analysts Network zufolge bedeuten die Anschläge des IS nicht, dass die Gruppe stärker geworden ist. […]

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Die schwierige Aufarbeitung des Afghanistan-Einsatzes

Augsburger Allgemeine, 8 October 2021 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted (in German) in this aricle in the southern Germany-based daily about the German defence ministry’s first round of an attempted appraisal of the German mission in Afghanistan. Thomas calls the attempt an ‘introspection’ missing ‘a sufficient number of independent voices’: Für Thomas Ruttig, Direktor des […]

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The Taleban’s caretaker Cabinet and other senior appointments

Martine van Bijlert

After three rounds of senior appointments — on 7 September, 21 September and 4 October – most key posts appear to have been filled, at least in Kabul. These appointments have solved the immediate question of who will head the state institutions that will help restart the government. However, given the uncertainties about how the […]

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The Taliban’s Campaign to Rob Villagers of Their Land [in Daikundi]

Spiegel, 6 October 2021 A reportage in the leading German news magazine about Taleban displacing Hazara settlers in a Daikundi valley, based on contradictory land tenure documents and their control over the local court.

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Afghans join Syrians as Turkey’s unwelcome migrants

Ahval, 1 October 2021 Here, an earlier AAN report about Afghan migrants in Turkey is quoted: In Turkey, refugees are left to fend for themselves,  according to a bitter conclusion that the Afghanistan Analysts Network published in a report at the end of last year.

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Creating a Hierarchy of Victims? ICC may drop investigations into US forces to focus on Taleban and ISKP

Kate Clark

The International Criminal Court’s Chief Prosecutor, Karim A A Khan, has asked the judges of the ICC’s Pre-Trial Chamber to authorise a resumption of investigations into alleged “atrocity crimes” committed in the context of the Afghan conflict, but only those ascribed to the Taleban and Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP). As for crimes perpetrated […]

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