Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Another mysterious death in Kandahar, and allegations of official torture

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Los Angeles Times, 7 April 2016

After another disappeared young Afghan was found dead with torture wounds in Kandahar, an occasional journalist and web author, described by some government sources as a Taleban member or sympathiser, criticism has come up again against the Kandahar police chief’s conduct of the fight against the Taleban. In this article, AAN’s Borhan Osman is quoted on the background of the killed man:

[According to] Borhan Osman of the Afghanistan Analysts Network Reyan came from a “well-known family within the Taliban ranks.” His father, Abdullah Gol, worked in the information and culture ministry during Taliban rule, but was seen as a relative moderate who opposed the group’s 2001 destruction of the famed Buddha statues in Bamiyan province.

Osman said Reyan’s online writings were not political and that he mainly translated religious and historical texts. He translated nearly 20 books and in the past had contributed articles to the website Khabarial.com.