Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

How mass killings by US forces after 9/11 boosted support for the Taliban

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The Guardian, 10 September 2021

In this article looking back at how US troops’ mass killings boosted Taleban support in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted with the following assessment:

“The insurgency was not inevitable. There was a good chance for peace in 2001. Everyone, including the Taliban accepted they had been defeated. But the US and their Afghan allies persecuted and marginalised those who’d lost the war, not just Taliban but tribal and factional rivals of those who had seized power,” said Kate Clark, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network.