Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Afghan forces break from tradition and launch winter offensive

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Stars and Stripes, 21 November 2016

A short quote from AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on the recently started government forces’ winter offensive:

Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, said that while many Taliban used to go to Pakistan over the winter in the past, now many tend to stay in Afghanistan. Nevertheless, he said, Afghan forces in the coming months will be determined to reverse any recent progress made by the Taliban.

“I would say (Operation Shafaq Two) shows that we had a hard fighting season with Taliban gains and that Afghan government forces are trying to reverse that,” he said.