Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Afghan reintegration scheme in the spotlight

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IRIN, 4 June 2013

In an article looking at the success (or absence of) of the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program (APRP), AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted as saying: ‘Reintegration offers money or other material incentives, and this is not the main – or sole – motive of many insurgents. I had the feeling that the `ten-dollar Talib’ was a psychological warfare invention… It seems that the largest figures of `reintegrees’ were generated in peripheral provinces, and often, if not in their majority, the fighters were not Taliban, but Hezbis or members of other freelance illegal armed groups, also including people linked to some of the organizers… The reintegration programme might have weakened the insurgency here and there in some provinces, but apparently nowhere to an extent that it really made a large difference’. The article also quotes from AAN’s 2010 report ‘Golden Surrender: The Risks, Challenges, and Implications of Reintegration in Afghanistan’