Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Playing Fields, Sports Clubs, Gyms Becoming Afghanistan’s Bloody New Battlegrounds

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RFE/RL, 12 September 2018

Quotes from AAN’s Ali Adili in this article about the recent anti-Shia terror attack wave:

“The militants see these sports venues as soft targets,” says Ali Adili, a researcher at Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent think tank in Kabul. “Striking these targets also makes headlines. More than this, these attacks may be used to traumatize the local community.” (…)

“Attacking the centers of education and sports could be particularly attractive for militants as they are the source of enlightenment, progress, and life,” says Adili.