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Lull Prompts Question: What Are Taliban Up To?

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New York Times, 28 April 2014

In an article trying to make sense of the Taleban’s relative inactivity on Afghan election day and after, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted:

“They [the Taleban] want to be recognized as a legitimate party. Why else do they call themselves the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and not the Taliban movement?” said Thomas Ruttig, a researcher with the Afghan Analysts Network. “They want power back, and then international recognition.”

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