Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Why targeted killings work against Islamic State

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MacLean’s, 14 May 2015

The Canadian magazine discusses targeted killings as a method and compares IS and Taleban, quoting AAN’s Kate Clark on the latter:

Others, like Afghanistan expert Kate Clark, senior analyst for the Kabul-based Afghan Analysts Network, disagree. From her perspective, largely focused on the Afghan Taliban, targeted killings of the Taliban leadership has created space for more radical leaders to emerge while at the same time strengthening corrupt local power brokers who can take advantage of the power vacuum.

“As for the other aim of the strategy—persuading the Taliban that fighting is futile and they should negotiate,” Clark argues, “the United States may find it is killing some of the very people who will be needed to make peace.”