The National, 28 April 2020 AAN’s Ali Yawar Adili is quoted here as saying: Ali Yawar Adili, a researcher with the Afghanistan Analysts Network told The National “In recent years, the Taliban have recruited from other communities like Tajiks and Uzbeks. They seemed to feel a gap in their effort to portray themselves as a […]
Voice of America, 21 April 2020 Research by AAN’s Kate Clark about the Afghan National Army Territorial Force is quoted here: “Despite the many pitfalls associated with local defense forces … when they work, they work extremely well, producing determined fighters with local knowledge who protect the civilians in their areas and often stand their ground more […]
de Volkskrant, 13 April 2020 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted on whether the Afghan IS franchise might be able to instrumentalise the coronavirus crisis for gaining territory– which he doubts, after the severe weakening it has suffered: De situatie in Afghanistan lijkt wat minder urgent. De altijd al marginale rol van Islamitische Staat-Khorasan, de lokale […]
Der Spiegel, 11 April 2020 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted in this analysis for the leading German news magazine by Christoph Reuter (behind paywall): „Letztlich ist es ein Scheitern aller Beteiligten“, urteilt der Co-Direktor des Afghanistan Analysts Network, Thomas Ruttig, „der Amerikaner, der Verbündeten, die nur mitgemacht haben, sowie der afghanischen Eliten. Nur von denen […]
Tageszeitung, 9 April 2020 In Afghanistan, the tug-of-war between the Taleban and the government about an exchange of prisoners is escalating Freilassung. The Taleban threaten to collapse the peace process. But meanwhile, some prisoner exchange has happened…
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 7 April 2020 AAN’s Fazl Muzhary is quoted in this text about the Taleban’s dual strategy, their governance (including a corona awareness campaign) and their stepped-up offensiv against the government troops (in German, behind a pay wall):
Reporterly, 6 April 2020 AAN’s Ali Adili is briefly quoted in this analysis of the Ghani-Abdullah row in Afghanistan: Ali Adeli [sic], an analyst in the Afghan [sic] Analysts Network, believes that the stability and partnership team led by Abdullah is working on a “delay strategy”.
Deutsche Welle, 25 March 2020 Quoted AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on the intra-Afghan negotiations and Taleban structures: Jahrelang sei die Fragmentierung der Taliban von den USA und der afghanischen Regierung hochgespielt worden, so Thomas Ruttig, Afghanistan-Experte und Mitbegründer des Afghanistan Analysts Network. “Das war Teil ihrer psychologischen Kriegsführung.” He also added, “Die Taliban ernten die Früchte der Uneinigkeit in Kabul”. […]
Afghan Hindsight, 2 April 2020 This entry in Bill Foxley’s blog quotes AAN research: The Afghanistan Analysts Network has cautioned that many reports of ISKP fighters are inaccurate and warned against assuming that the existence of foreign fighters was automatic proof of an ISKP presence.
ARD-Weltspiegel, 29 March 2020 The foreign correspondents’ magazine of Germany’s leading public TV network has two quotes from AAN’s Thomas Ruttig in this report about the attempts to reach a peace settlement in Afghanistan. Watch the video in German here.
Tageszeitung, 25 March 2020 Op-ed by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig for the Berlin-based daily, looking at changes in the post-2001 Taleban movement, based on AAN research (the “One Land, Two Rules” series)
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 23 March 2020 The leading Swiss daily quotes two AAN colleagues in this analysis of the “returning” Taleban movement, Thomas Ruttig and Fazl Muzhary, and an AAN paper, by Alex Strick van Linschoten and Anand Gopal, in about the ideology of the Taleban: Die Schlüsselfiguren der Bewegung seien erzkonservative Dörfler gewesen, die mit dem […]