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AAN in the Media

‘Greening the desert’: What drives militants’ environmentalism?

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The New Arab, 5 March 2019

In this article which discusses the question of whether demands for environmental protections by groups from al-Qaeda to the Taleban are propaganda or genuine concern, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted as pointing to another aspect of the Afghan war:

“The United States has destroyed many orchards in Kandahar, which is a Taliban stronghold,” Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghan Analysts Network, told The New Arab. “I would not exclude that there is also some genuine concern about this destruction on the part of the Taliban.”