Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

The Taliban have not changed, warn Afghans living under their rule

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AFP/France24, 22 February 2019

AFP has looked at life under the Taleban in Kandahar and whether or not they have changed their attitudes. AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is also quoted in this article as saying:

“What they say is don’t listen to music, listen to sermons and religious programs. But there is no smashing of TV sets anymore,” Thomas Ruttig, from the Afghanistan Analysts Network, told AFP. (…)

Ruttig said the militants had not abandoned their ideology, but know “they cannot rule against the population”, and therefore might be open to some compromise.