Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Taliban Strategy In Afghanistan: 2017 And Beyond

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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 24 December 2017

In this look at the Afghan Taleban’s strategy, there is a link to AAN’s recent paper on Taleban ideology by Anand Gopal and Alex Strick van Linschoten in the discussion “who they are”:

While they are sometimes labeled nationalists, the Taliban are keen to brandish their Islamist credentials and have opposed all modern nationalist currents in Afghanistan and among the Pashtuns.

AAN has of course never claimed they are only nationalists, and we have labelled them at occasions national-Islamist (borrowing the term from the then often not-so-much-pro Moscow Romanian national-communists.)