Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 19 August 2020 AAN’s Ali Yawar Adili is quoted here on the demands of the governments of France and Australia to President Ghani not to release certain Taleban prisoners, as they had killed soldiers of these countries: “Ghani might use some of these issues to make sure he is in control […]
Neues Deutschland, 17 August 2020 Op-ed by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig, looking ahead at the format and possible stumbling stones for intra-Afghan peace negotiations (in German).
Foreign Policy, 16 August 2020 AAN’s Obaid Ali is quoted extensively about possible motifs for the Taleban’s uncompromising stance before the planned start of peace talks with the Afghan government. “The Taliban don’t want to become like the old jihadi factions and made useless. They can’t lose their religious dignity in this deal,” said Obaid […]
ORF, 14 August 2020 Listen to a radio interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig (in German) on Austrian radio, looking ahead at planned Afghan government-Taleban peace talks. Among other things, he underlines that the political concepts of the current Islamic Republic and the Taleban’s emirate. (Available for one week; after that search for Mittagsjournal under “Ö1 […]
Tageszeitung, 11 August 2020 Op-ed commentary by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig about the ‘Consultative’ Peace Loya Jirga in Afghanistan for the Berlin-based daily (in German), saying that the way the jirga was organised dos not represent popular inclusion and consensus building but top-down government imposition of its own position and that the jirga’s resolution which failed […]
SRF, 10 August 2020 Listen to an audio of an interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig (in German) on Swiss public radio on the forthcoming intra-Afghan peace talks.
SRF Podcast, 5 August 2020 Listen to an interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig (in German) about the IS attack on a jail in Jalalabad and background on the group, here as third part of this episode on Swiss Radio’s 4×4 podcast.
Die Presse, 4 August 2020 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted in this article in the leading Austrian daily, on the promotion of Gen Dostum to ‘marshal’ (in German): „Es gibt überhaupt keinen Zweifel daran, dass Dostum Kriegsverbrechen begangen hat. Unter den Warlords, die in den 1990er-Jahren aktiv waren, wird er immer als besonders schlimm betrachtet. […]
Tageszeitung, 4 August 2020 Op-ed by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig (in German) about the IS storm of the Jalalabad jail and background about IS’s role and (diminished) strength in Afghanistan.
dpa/Die Welt, 3 August 2020 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted in this report by the German press agency dpa as saying that he doubts that the IS prison attack in Jalalabad was a reprisal for the killing of a leading ISKP intelligence leader and that the attack signifies hat reports about ISKP being crushed were […]
Tageszeitung, 1/2 August 2020 An op-ed by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig op-ed in the Berlin-based daily, looking at latest hopes and hurdles for Afghan peace talks, with a 3-day ceasefire over the Islamic holidays of Id al-Azha and announcements of both after parties to the war that tey were finalising a prisoners exchange which was designed […]
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 29 July 2020 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted in this article looking at ptospects for Afghan peace and the announcement of new, three-day ceasefires by the Afghan government and the Taleban, arguing against the widespread assumption that the Taleban do not want to negotiate. He says that they speculate on a breakdown in […]