Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

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Young Afghans Leaving in Droves

Institute for War and Peace Reporting, 7 January 2011 Afghan journalist Shahpoor Saber reports from Herat where young educated Afghans are leaving to make better lives for themselves abroad as they see no future for people like them in a deteriorating security climate.

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Crossfire in Kandahar

Columbia Journalism Review, January/February 2011 Excellent article by Vanessa Gezari on arrested journalists in Kandahar; the confusing mix of counter-insurgency, journalism, intelligence, story-telling and the “shifting layers of half- and quarter-truth” (“I was used to it. Afghanistan had schooled me in the limits of certainty”).

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Disappearing ink: Afghanistan’s sham democracy

Harper’s, 1 January 2011 The next one of Matt Aikins’ signature reportages, with an eye-witness report on the (non-) election in Nangrahar province and featuring – amonst others – Zalmay Khalilzad (who cannot remember a lot), Grant Kippen and Janan Mosazai – not fully on the web yet. The magazine’s print issue is already available.

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Special operations forces deal blows to Taliban’s ranks

Long War Journal, 9 December 2010 ISAF briefs the Long War Journal on SF operations over the last 6 months: 7100 counterterrorism SF missions, more than 600 insurgent leaders killed or captured, more than 2000 fighters killed and more than 4100 captured, more than 2500 humanitarian operations and a shift from counterinsurgency to counterterrorism operations […]

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U.S. Cuts Off Afghan Firm

Wall Street Journal, 8 December 2010 The U.S. military began the process of blacklisting a major Afghan company owned by relatives of President Hamid Karzai – the Watan Group -, a move U.S. officials describe as a significant step to stop American funds from fueling corruption and bankrolling the Taliban.

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