Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Taliban will go on, even without Mullah Akhtar Mansur

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The Lowry Interpreter, 23 May 2016

In a commentary for the Australian university’s website, Susanne Schmeidl quotes Thomas Ruttig from AAN:

According to Afghan expert Thomas Ruttig, the fact that Haqqani comes from Afghanistan’s southeast, not the south, which is the traditional Taliban heartland, makes this unlikely.  (…)

Thomas Ruttig even argues that splitting the Taliban to make it more amendable to peace talks has been the express strategy of the Afghan Government [and a dangerous one].