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Anatomy of a US airstrike: Are Afghan strongmen calling the shots?

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Bureau of Investigative Journalism, 28 February 2017

This report about the increasing use of US airstrikes in the south of Afghanistan, reminiscent of the early phase of the war when ‘local strongmen’ instrumentalised the US forces to get rid of personal rivals, has a quote of former AAN colleague Lenny Linke:

“Generally speaking the central government didn’t worry much about Uruzgan as long as Matiullah was there,” says Lenny Linke, a researcher with the Afghanistan Analysts Network.  After his assassination, the situation in the province did not “crash and burn”, but took a “slow descent”, she says.