Stars and Stripes, 31 January 2019
In this article about the latest SIGAR figures on the relation of government and Taleban territorial control, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted as saying:
Despite the most recent data, Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, did not believe the security situation was near a tipping point.
But, “a full withdrawal of U.S. troops … linked with a significant drop of financial resources” could bring that moment near, he said.
“If soldiers, policemen, auxiliary forces — ‘militias’ — are not paid, many might look for other funders,” Ruttig said. “And Afghan armed factions are well known for their quick and unprincipled shift of alliances.”
This article was last updated on 9 Mar 2020