The New York Times, 3 September 2021 AAN research on the situation of new appointments in Taleban-controlled areas is quoted here: “Caretaker appointments at various levels — provincial, district, department and ministerial — have so far been drawn (almost) exclusively from the Taliban’s own ranks, with no sign of non-Taliban appointments,” the Afghanistan Analysts Network […]
Washington Post, 3 September 2021 AAN’s Ali Adili is quoted here on the whereabouts of former president Hamed Karzai after the takeover of the Taleban in Kabul: “I’m not sure if it’s a kind of house arrest, but it shows the space for them is really shrinking,” said Ali Adili, a researcher with the Afghanistan […]
Wall Street Journal, 3 September 2021 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted here on alleged Taleban abuses after taking power in Kabul: “There are abuses going on,” said Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network. “It’s not clear whether these are Taliban or they are people running around with guns and garb pretending to be […]
Financial Times, 25 August 2021 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted here on the controversial issue whether the Taleban have changed or not: Thomas Ruttig, a founder of the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network, said the Taliban had always been a “learning organisation” well aware of its past failures. Some former officials of the Taliban’s 1990s government […]
Qantara, 17 August 2021 The Germany-based Near/Middle East-centered website reviews AAN co-founder Thomas Ruttig’s paper for CTC Sentinel on “whether the Talban have changed.”
Tageszeitung (Berlin), 13 August 2021 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig provids the latest round-up of the quickly changing security situation in Afghanistan (in German)
Tageszeitung (Berlin), 12 August 2021 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig looks at the reasons behind the unexpected Taleban success in northern Afghanistan, deemed to be an anti-Taleban stronghold – and why this has not been the case anymore for many years (in German).
Tagesspiegel, 9 August 2021 Next to the former German foreign minister, also AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted here: Auch nach Einschätzung des Afghanistan-Experten Thomas Ruttig ist der Fall von Kundus ein wichtiger Erfolg für die Taliban. „Sie haben jetzt von dort und von Süd-Afghanistan aus die Option, auf Kabul zu marschieren“, sagte Ruttig dem Tagesspiegel. […]
Tageszeitung, 9 August 2021 Another round-up (in German) of the current security situation in Afghanistan, after the Taleban captured several provincial capitals, by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig. With an additional commentary.
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.