Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

‘Isis will be looking for targets’: guns and fear mark Afghan Ashura

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The Guardian, 20 September 2018

AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted here:

“In 40 years of war, Afghanistan hadn’t seen mass sectarian violence until the rise of ISKP [the regional Isis affiliate],” said Kate Clark from the Afghanistan Analysts Network thinktank.

“It’s struck at the heart of the city, what used to be the safest part, at people doing the sort of normal things which make life worth living. You can’t really protect yourself, as the attacks have been against normal, everyday places.”

The attacks had been universally condemned by Afghans, from Taliban insurgents, to mainstream politicians, Clark added, but security forces have so far seemed unable to blunt the reach of Isis.