Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

New generation of Taliban fuels battles in northern Afghanistan

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Stars and Stripes, 10 September 2019

AAN’s Obaid Ali is quoted here on the Taleban recruiting non-Pashtuns in northern and northeastern Afghanistan:

“It’s a new generation, run by locals,” said Obaid Ali, analyst for Afghanistan Analysts Network, in a phone interview. “There are no longer people coming from the south to serve as shadow governors in the north. There are already human resources on the ground.” (…)

Many Taliban fighters in Badakhshan are now drawn from the same Tajik ethnic group that famed anti-Taliban leader Ahmad Shah Massoud hailed from. (….) The Taliban commander in Badakhshan’s Baharak district is a Tajik man in his mid-20s, Ali said.