Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Hopes for peace appear to be slipping away in Afghanistan

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The Guardian, 15 May 2020

AAN’s Kate Clark is extensively quoted in this article looking at the situation after a series of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, for which the Taleban denied their involvement but was blamed by the Afghan government:

“The Taliban have created an enabling environment for this kind of attack. If they had agreed a ceasefire it would be much harder for any group to carry out this kind of attack,” said Kate Clark, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network.

“What the Taliban does [with attacks nationwide], takes up the bandwidth of the security services. Also the general insecurity is a sea in which other [militant] groups swim.”

Clark added that Taliban intelligence was relatively strong, and had they chosen to stop fighting and focus attention on preventing attacks, they might have been able to stave off violence planned by another group. (…)

“One question that has hung over the process from the start is whether the Taliban had serious intent to talk, and I just don’t think we have seen that,” Clark said. “My fear all along was that there wasn’t really a plan B in Washington, for what happens if the Taliban don’t really want to talk.”