Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

ISIL in Afghanistan? Not so fast

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al-Jazeera, 6 May 2015

This op-ed article that warns to draw hasty conclusions about an IS(IL) emergence in Afghanistan – as AAn does – also quotes/links to AAN’s related dispatch about the issue:

“In September last year, for example, the alleged killing of scores of people – including beheadings – in Ghazni province by “Daesh militants” hit international headlines.

But, as an investigation by the Afghanistan Analysts Network showed, the attack had been “enormously exaggerated” by local officials to send an urgent message for support from the government. In fact, villagers in the area said no beheadings had taken place and casualty figures were nowhere near what had been reported.”