Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Taliban ramp up attacks in southwestern Afghanistan as NATO casualties hit a low

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Stars and Stripes, 2 January 2017

Reporting a new Taleban offensive in two Helmand districts, the US-based daily quotes from earlier AAN research and quotes AAN’s Fazal Muzhary:

The Afghanistan Analysts Network said in report last year that Afghan forces are struggling to fend off the insurgents because of a lack of coordination among army and police units and an understaffed military. (…)

Fazal Muzhary, an analyst with the Afghanistan Analysts Network, said the continuation of operations into the winter marks a shift in Taliban policy. Fewer fighters are returning to Pakistan this winter than in previous years. “They don’t want to lose” their gains, he said. “In order to keep them, they must be present.”