Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Service member, 8 contractors killed in string of Kabul attacks

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Stars and Stripes, 8 August 2015

AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted about what could be behind the series of attacks in Kabul on 7 August:

“This is definitely a message,” said Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghan Analysts Network. “The question is only from whom: are these attacks the policy of the new leadership which – in practice – has already been in charge since 2010? Or is this a spoiler faction, plus supporters in Pakistan, that wants create outrage to undermine any Kabul-Taliban contacts?”

He noted that the attacks, and others like them, could make it more difficult for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to sell Afghan citizens on the idea of making a deal with the Taliban and other groups.