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AAN in the Media

Wie geht es 2013 in Afghanistan weiter? (Audio)

Radio Eins (Germany), 2 January 2013 In an interview with this German radio station, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig looks ahead on Afghanistan’s developments in 2013, arguing that it is a crucial year on the political front, with candidates’ registration in September for next years election when President Karzai cannot run again and is trying to secure […]

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AAN In the Media – January 2012

Trickreiches Tauziehen um die Taliban tageszeitung (Berlin), 31 January 2012 In this article of his, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig looks at the latest developments in attempts for a political solution with the Taleban: the US-Afghan irritations about the Qatar office, attempts for a US-Taleban prisoner exchange and President Karzai’s attempt to create his own Taleban channel […]

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Deutscher Afghanistan-Einsatz: Zehn vertane Jahre

Der Spiegel, 22. December 2011 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted here in an analysis of ten years German participation in the ISAF mission in Afghanistan: Als einen der größten Erfolge zählt Afghanistan-Experte Thomas Ruttig die Friedenskonferenz auf dem Petersberg bei Bonn Ende November 2001 auf. Sie bot den Menschen in Afghanistan Hoffnung auf eine friedliche Zukunft, sagt […]

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AAN In the Media – December 2011

Over 560 ISAF troops die in Afghan war in 2011 AFP, 31 December 2011 Article on violence in Afghanistan ends by quoting AAN’s Fabrizio Foschini: “The hope is that as foreign troops hand security to Afghan forces fewer local people will become radicalised. And the insurgents won’t kill as many civilians collaterally by using highly […]

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AAN In The Media – November 2011

Vier Optionen – alle negativ Mannheimer Morgen, 30 November 2011 The German local newspaper, in an article describing Afghanistan’s situation before the Bonn 2 conference, summarises the four post-2014 options laid out in a joint paper earlier this year by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig and the SWP’s Citha Maaß. Pakistan boykottiert Bonn Neues Deutschland, 30 November […]

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AAN In The Media – October 2011

Deadly Taliban Kabul attack highlights US reliance on private contractors Christian Science Monitor, 30 October 2011 After it transpired that there was a number of contractors among the victims of the 29 October suicide attack in Kabul, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig comments on the role of such contactors: ‘Information about this aspect of the war only […]

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AAN In The Media – September 2011

An Afghan whodunnit The Guardian, 28 September 2011 Article quotes Kate Clark’s blog on the background of Wahidyar, the member of the High Peace Council who introduced Esmatullah, the assassin, to Rabbani. U.S. Consolidated Domination of Global Arms Market in 2010 IPS, 27 September 2011 The US held 50% of the total global arms market […]

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AAN In The Media – August 2011

Mullah Omar: Fine, I Didn’t Want to Run Afghanistan Anyway Registan.com, 30 August 2011 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted in a Registan blog (not accessible from Afghanistan) on Mullah Omar’s Eid message, observing as of particular note the softer line toward the Kabul government and suggestion that the Taliban doesn’t seek to monopolize power. Report: […]

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AAN In The Media – July 2011

Kabul’s economy leaves poor in the dark Sydney Morning Herald, 30 July 2011 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted here on expected post´2014 effects, on security and the economy. On the former, he quotes an Afghan friend: ‘”The day the West stops paying for the Afghan army and the Afghan police, the next day there is […]

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AAN In The Media – June 2011

NATO air strike kills fighter linked to Afghan hotel attack Reuters, 30 June 2011 In this background article about what the Interconti attacks says about the ‘transition’ process, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted as saying that it reflects ‘one of the concerns […] that the Afghan security forces are growing in quantity, not in quality’. […]

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AAN In The Media – May 2011

Afghan president seeks to limit NATO airstrikes AP, 31 May 2011 AAN’s Kate Clark – misidentified as a freelance reporter here – is quoted as saying that President Karzai was clearly ‘completely furious’ at the civilian deaths caused by a recent NATO airstrike in Helmand. ‘It’s just the latest in a series of operations where […]

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