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AAN in the Media

AAN in the Media – April 2013

Ghost money from MI6 and CIA may fuel Afghan corruption, say diplomats The Guardian, 30 April 2013 This article refers to Kate Clark’s AAN blog on CIA operations in Afghanistan: ‘A report on Monday by the Afghanistan Analysts Network, a thinktank in Kabul, said the latest such NDS-CIA operation, in Kunar province on 13 April, […]

AAN in the Media

AAN in the Media – March 2013

Afghanische Sicherheitskräfte: Alleingelassen Tagesspiegel (Berlin), 27 March 2013 Reporting the latest growing casualty figures of the ANSF, the Berlin-based daily quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig saying it is not sufficient to explain these figures by the growing ANSF role folliwing transition. The ANSF ‘obviously are not sufficiently trained’ and ‘adequately equipped yet’. This is confirmed by […]

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Fehler in Statistik zu Taliban-Angriffen

Süddeutsche Zeitung, 27 February 2013 After Germany, now also ISAF was forced to admit that its statistics about Taleban attacks was flawed (and has resulted in wrong, positive conclusions). AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted as commenting here that statistics that only compare trends within one year (as the German government does) ‘obscure the long-term negative […]

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Afghan leader orders US special forces out of province

AFP, 25 February 2013. AFP quotes Martine van Bijlert on yesterday’s NSC order that US Special Forces leave Wardak within two weeks: “It appears to be an on-the-spot, emotional decision, based on a long-standing frustration that there are forces, Afghan and international, that are uncontrollable… It does not appear to be a calculated move as […]

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Exodus aus Afghanistan

Das Blättchen (Berlin), 18 February 2013 Based on Afghan media reports, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig looks at increasing numbers of Afghans fleeing the country in anticipation of post-2014 events: from diplomats to military officers and the common people, ending up as asylum seekers worldwide for this Berlin-based online magazine (in German).

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Kabul räumt erstmals Folter ein

Tageszeitung (Berlin), 11 February 2013. After the Karzai government’s enquiry confirmed an UN report about torture in Afghan jails, AAN’s Kate Clark comments: ‘I am glad that the UN report was confirmed. The problem is simply to big for a denial. Now it is important to draw the consequences.’.

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Eerste vredestekenen in Afghanistan (not online)

NRC Handelsblad, 11 February 2013. In an article about the chances of a political deal with the Taleban, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted: Het meest waarschijnlijke is dat alle partijen, al pratend, gewoon doorvechten. Een snelle, soepele vredesregeling is nog ver weg. Maar uitgesloten acht Thomas Ruttig, verbonden aan de denktank Afghan Analysts Network, vrede […]

AAN in the Media