Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Strengthening Taliban

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Kashmir Watch, 18 August 2015

In this article-cum-opinion piece, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted:

‘The attacks on Friday, which included a massive truck bomb in a heavily populated civilian area and a suicide attack on a police academy, were some of the most serious in months and the first in Kabul since the Taliban named a new leader last week. More than 40 police cadets and civilians were killed and wounded in a suicide bomb attack late on Friday at a police academy in the Afghan capital, the interior ministry said in a statement on Saturday.’ Thomas Rutting [sic] of the Afghanistan Analysts Network also expressed the same opinion in one of his recent analysis. He said, “The hope of some people was that the death of Mullah Omar would put the Taliban in disarray and possibly weaken them but I think that was a little over optimistic.”