Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

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Taliban Siege Cuts Off Remote Afghan District

RFE/RL, 11 September 2020 Since three months, the Taleban have cut access from and to Chinartu district in Uruzgan. 6,000 Chinartu residents, according to the United Nations, cannot access medical services and face food shortages because of the road closure. The siege has led to the death of more than 20 civilians, most of them women […]

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Taking Stock of the Taliban’s Perspectives on Peace

International Crisis Group, 11 August 2020 An important primer for the upcoming intra-Afghan peace negotiations. From the executive summary: As peace talks in Afghanistan unfold, the Taliban’s positions on a number of critical topics to be discussed with the Afghan government remain ambiguous or undefined. (…) It is vital for the talks’ eventual success that […]

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Did UK Special Forces execute unarmed civilians?

BBC, 1 August 2020 After a case that came up in Australia recently (and a steady stream in connection with US and, increasingly, Afghan forces), the BBC and a Sunday Times revealed evidence “of a pattern of illegal killings by UK Special Forces” while the government maintains that, in this case, the four members of […]

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What the heroin industry can teach us about solar power

BBC, 27 July 2020 An astounding report about solar power as a transformative technology, in the toughest environment possible, with no subsidies, no considering of climate change – just about small-scale entrepreneurs trying to make a profit: Afghan opium growers in Helmand. “For an upfront payment of $5,000 [farmers] can buy an array of solar […]

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