Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Russia using ISIS fears to undermine NATO’s Afghan mission, analysts say

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Stars and Stripes, 29 March 2018

Before the background of US allegations that Russia is arming the Taleban, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted here on Russia’s possible intent behind overplaying the role and threat emanating from IS in Afghanistan:

Exaggerating the ISIS presence has several aims, according to Thomas Ruttig of the Afghanistan Analysts Network. These include presenting Western efforts as failing, keeping its options open, and also pressuring the former Soviet republics in Central Asia to cooperate with Russia against the ISIS threat.