Tagesspiegel (Berlin, online), 7 January 2014
Reporting that the German ISAF forces had stopped reporting the number of insurgent attacks in northern Afghanistan, the Berlin-based daily asked AAN’s Thomas Ruttig for his assessment. Saying that the argument the Afghan forces were in the lead now and needed to take over the reporting sounded like a pretext. “ISAF and the Afghan forces could collect and publish the data jointly. … It has become significantly more complicated to find out how the security situation develops.” This might well be the intention of the Nato member-states while they withdraw combat troops from Afghanistan. Ruttig also pointed to the deteriorating security situation in the key Chahrdara district in Kunduz, until recently an area of operations for the German forces, and to the high attrition rate of Afghan forces.
This article was last updated on 9 Mar 2020