Gandhara, 30 August 2021 Opinion piece by AAN member and former had of the Swedish Afghanistan Committee, Anders Fänge, arguing that the IMF, World Bank and US freezing/blocking of Afghan currency reserves and other financial means as well as some government’s halt of development assistance to Afghanistan was “a recipe for disaster”, particularly for Afghanistan’s […]
Deutsche Welle, 27 August 2021 Interview with ex-head of Afghan Red Crescent and Doha negotiator Fatema Gailani at the German international public broadcaster.
New York Times, 27 August 2021 A heart-breaking reportage by Matt Aikins.
New York Times, 15 August 2021 The first detailed report about day-to-day life and Taleban attempts to govern and re-install public services from a province outside of Kabul under their control, Kunduz.
Chatham House, 26 August 2021 … the international community must come together behind the United Nations (UN) to engage with the new administration in Kabul. The priority tasks to focus on are releasing frozen assets, mobilizing humanitarian assistance, refocusing the UN presence in the country, and setting ground rules for future collaboration in all sectors […]
The Week, 20 August 2021 Interview with Matiullah Wesa, founder of Pen Path.
The Guardian, 19 August 2021 Laila Haidari, the owner of Taj Begum restaurant, wrote on her social media page: “The world changed for us for ever. Taj Begum is no more.” She, along with many businesswomen, closed her restaurant after the fall of Kabul. Another popular restaurant a few hundred metres away, also run by […]
The Economist, 13 August 2021 Over the past few days the Taliban have reached ever deeper into Kandahar; late on Thursday night, they took control of it. The fighting has been devastating. Mosques have been boarded up. People are stockpiling beans and rice. Some have abandoned their homes to move in with relatives in parts […]
al-Monitor, 13 July 2021 Local news reports are now linking an alleged spike in border crossings to the ongoing US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and territorial gains by the Taliban in the country, prompting rumors of a looming migration wave to Turkey.“It is too early to talk about a mass influx, but there is an increase in the number of arrivals and there are unconfirmed news stories about an accumulation of people […]
ToloNews, 12 July 2021 A revealing interview with the Taleban spokesman, including a “no” to elections and women singing 8and much more).
SIGA, 8 July 2021 Franz J. Marty’s analysis of the recent Taleban advances in Afghanistan, an excellent addendum to AAN’s recent analyses – with plenty of complementary detail, for the Swiss Institute on Global Affairs.
The Observer, 4 July 2021 An interesting reportage from Herat, giving first insight into Taleban behaviour in newly conquered districts, here Obe in Herat: On 14 June, the last government forces in the district were helicoptered out of a besieged outpost. The militants are confident enough of their control that last week they called a […]