Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Sangin assault is sign of Taliban confidence and warning to Kabul

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The Guardian, 22 December 2015

AAN’s Borhan Osman is quoted twice here on the situation in Helmand:

“I think they have been preparing for Sangin since the summer,” said Borhan Osman, a researcher with the Afghanistan Analysts Network who has written extensively about the Taliban. “It does look like taking control of as much of the province as possible is a military priority.” (…)

“They [the Taleban] are set on taking most of Helmand, as the first stronghold for coming back, for establishing their solid presence,” Osman said. “Some sources within the Taliban say they would very much like to make Helmand a base for their leadership, including military commanders. So, Helmand can serve as a launching pad for a broader campaign for the Taliban.”