Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Stretched Afghan army falls back on militias to help defend Kunduz

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Reuters/Daily Mail, 22 May 2015

A report about the Afghan government enlisting hundreds of militia fighters to battle Taliban militants near the northern city of Kunduz quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig (and others) being skeptical:

Creating new layers of forces beyond the ANSF, which is made up of the army and national and local police, could mean more instability, said Thomas Ruttig of Afghanistan Analysts Network.

“At the moment, these militia commanders might support the government. But we don’t know what they will do next week.”


“They (militia fighters) really answer to strongmen in the area and not to a standard, disciplined chain of command,” said Patti Gossman, an Afghanistan analyst for Human Rights Watch.

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