dpa/Generalanzeiger, 8 August 2021 Der Verlust kleinerer Provinzhauptstädte sei „für die Regierung ein enormer Prestigeverlust, aber noch zu verschmerzen“, meint der Afghanistan-Experte Thomas Ruttig von der Kabuler Denkfabrik Afghanistan Analysts Network. Der Fall von Kundus hingegen „wiegt schwerer“. Er könnte den Weg in die Hauptstadt öffnen, nach Kabul. Man müsse allerdings die Frage stellen, ob […]
ZDF, 6 August 2021 AAN’s Thomas Rutig commenting about the role of former Guantanamo and other Taleban ex-prisoners in Doha, after between German government and Taleban representatives: Die wenigen Taliban-Führer, die aus Gefängnissen in Guantanamo oder Pakistan entlassen wurden, gehören für Afghanistan-Experte Ruttig zu den Schlüsselfiguren des Konflikts. “Sie haben überlebt und sind bei ihren […]
Tageszeitung, 4 August 2021 A round-up of the current security situation (Taleban advances and attack on defence minister’s residence in Kabul), but also a discussion of which reports on Taleban atrocities are real and which are possibly made up.
AFP/France24, 4 August 2021 AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted here on the dropping morale in the Afghan government forces: “Even if the government had intended to let some districts fall… the damage to morale of the security forces and of the nation of seeing districts toppling like dominoes cannot be underestimated,” Kate Clark of the […]
ARTE, 4 August 2021 In this video in French/German TV channel’s main news bulletin, quotes from AAN’s Thomas Ruttig (in French) about Afghanistan’s split political elite as one factor for the government’s weakness vis-à-vis advancing Taleban.
Financial Times, 2 August 2021 AAN country director Ali Yawar Adili is quoted in this article about the general security situation in Afghanistan: “There has been a stronger push from the Taliban side into at least two major cities, Herat and Lashkar Gah, and there is still fighting going on,” said Ali Yawar Adili, country […]
New Zealand Herald, 31 July 2021 The NZ daily quotes from AAN research about the general security situation in Afghanistan and information provided by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig by email about the situation in the former NZ deployment area, Bamian: According to the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN), an independent non-profit policy research organisation, the Taliban has […]
Tageszeitung (Berlin), 23 July 2021 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig analyses the latest German government report about the “asylum- and deportation-relevant situation in Afghanistan” (official name of the document) for the Berlin-based daily – and finds: in parts overtaken by reality, contains stark belittlements of the dramatically deteriorated situation and uses selective information from UN and other […]
The New York Times, 22 July 2021 Another reference to recent AAN research: The Taliban have gained control of nearly half of Afghanistan’s district centers since their current offensive began on May 1, according to the Afghanistan Analysts Network, a research organization.
Rolling Stone, 20 July 2021 This article contains a short quote from AAN research: The Afghanistan Analysts Network, a Kabul-based think tank, asserts that the Taliban strategy in the north “looks like a preemptive strike to prevent a northern opposition from organizing.”
Tageszeitung (Berlin), 19 July 2021 In this op-ed (in German), AAN’s Thomas Ruttig summarises the security situation in Afghanistan that forcd the Afghan government to cancel ‘forced repatriations’ of their citizens from European countries.
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 18 July 2021 The Munich-based daily, reporting on the security situation in Afghanistan and particularly the country’s north and Kunduz province (the area where German troops have been deployed) cites recent AAN research: Mehr als die Hälfte der afghanischen Distrikte sind bereits unter Kontrolle der Taliban, wie das angesehene Kabuler Afghanistan Analyst Networks […]