Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

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Russia View of the Endgame in Afghanistan

Sputnik/Kyle Orton’s blog, 23 February 2021 This is the translation by Kyle Orton of the extremely interesting interview with Russia’s special Afghanistan envoy, Zamir Kabulov, conducted with the Tajik service of state-run Russian Sputnik news agency. It includes quotes like this one: We view the contemporary Taliban as a political and military movement in Afghanistan […]

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Afghan Peace Will Require a Neighborly Concert

PRIO Policy Brief, 17 February 2021 PRIO’s Kristian Berg Harpviken looks at the players in this concert and comes to a pessimistic view: At a time when concerted neighborly action for Afghanistan’s future is desperately needed, achieving it seems less realistic than ever. (…) The US is withdrawing militarily – with or without an intra-Afghan […]

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Security forces fired directly at people without precaution or consideration [during] Behsud incident

Hasht-e Sobh, 9 February 2021 The Kabul daily summarised the report of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) about the violent incidents during a demonstration in Behsud district, saying that “security forces” killed 11 and injured 31 unarmed protestors “without [previously] using any riot control measures on the crowd” and using “direct fire” instead. […]

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Post-COVID constraints for Afghan food systems

Noragric blog, 19 January 2021 This blog entry by agriculture and development specialists Gry Synnevåg and Karim Merchant warns against severe long-term food supply-related consequences as a result of the ongoing Covid19 crisis for an already impoverished population in Afghanistan where 80-90% of the population rely on self-employment and derive their livelihood and income from […]

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The Afghan Taliban’s Drones

The Diplomat, 22 December 2020 The Taleban have recently incorporated weaponised, commercially available drones into their arsenal. Franz Marty looks at how numerous, dangerous and effective they are – and finds their direct military “negligible” so far: So far, the impact of weaponized Taliban drones on the Afghan battlefield has been negligible, as there have […]

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