The Guardian, 19 November 2012 ‘Afghanistan and the US have opened talks to keep American troops in the country, but the thorny question of immunity for American soldiers, which in effect ended the US role in Iraq last year, is likely to prove a stumbling block.’, writes Emma Graham-Harrison. And quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig: ‘To […]
Some analysts agree that Afghanistan’s ethnic divisions have been oversimplified, and even misunderstood. “There is a tendency among observers to overestimate the animosity between the north and the south, or rather to see it something fixed and static. As if people hate each other just because they are from different areas. It’s not like that,” […]
Examiner, 12 November 2012 The Examiner, a website reviewing different topics, summarises Borhan Osman’s AAN blog about the Afghan Council of Ulama.
Stars and Stripes, 11 November 2012 Afghan politicians raise fears about a possible Taleban recruitment of ANSF personnel to be decreased after 2014. AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted as saying that militias are already recruiting those who wash out while trying to join the military and that the new militiamen have been shaking down villagers: […]
Deutsche Welle (online), 7 November 2012 Quotes by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on the new UN sanctions against the Haqqani network: ‘Of course, they [the Haqqani network] do not get arms from UN member states and their governments. [But] Pakistan is constantly accused of covertly supporting the Haqqanis, who operate out of Waziristan, which is Pakistani […]
tageszeitung (Berlin), 7 November 2012 In hi article for the Berlin daily, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig describes the background of the Haqqani network; he sess the newly imposed sanctions as a follow-up to the similar US decision two months earlier, which in turn was imposed on Obama by the Republican-dominated Congress, and will make talks with […]
ARTE (French-German TV), 6 November 2012 The evening news draw a balance of Obama’s Afghanistan policy, and AAN’s Gran Hewad is on air, saying that the US have early on given away the chance for an honest state-building process, have practically excluded civil society forces and instead re-empowered people who have committed war crimes (His […]
RFE/RL, 6 November 2012 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is extensively quoted on Saudi Arabia’s recent efforts to play a greater role in Afghanistan. “There are very strained relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Both those countries will be competing for influence in Afghanistan, with the sectarian differences between both sides in the background,” Ruttig says. “So […]
dpa/Gulf Times, 2 November 2012 The German news agency quotes from Thomas Ruttig’s AAN blog about the Afghan elections: the expected shortcomings of the 2014 elections ‘reflect on how poorly … the post-Taliban political process has been implemented and how weak the state of Afghan governance and democracy still remains’ and that the existing 17mn […]
Deutsche Welle (English), 2 November 2012 Ain his election date blog, Thomas Ruttig is quoted here as saying that inviting the Taliban to run in elections was nothing really new and that the same offer had been made to the militants earlier. The Taliban, he said, had not accepted the offer. Ruttig hoped that this […]
Economist (blog), 1 November 2012 The Economist’s Banyan blog with a first reaction to the announcement of the Afghan presidential election date links to Thomas Ruttig’s AAN earlier blog on voter registration.
Kremlin’s Blunder Backfires in Central Asia Turkish Weekly, 31 October 2012 Author Ryskeldi Satke looks at latest developments in Russia’s Central Asia policy after Putin’s re-election. Amon others, he quotes a blog by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig underscoring comments made by the Tajik opposition figures according to whom the threat of the Taliban marching over the […]