Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

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English transcript of Hekmatyar TV interview

ZDF, 5 November 2010 In this interview, Hekmaryar rejected any elections under President Karzai and says ‘We will only accept elections under Islamic rules and after we get freedom from all the occupational forces leave Afghanistan […]. All Islamic Afghan parties should have a consensus after this that they will not be a partner of […]

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Afghan Taliban threaten death to all talking peace

AP, 5 November 2010 Hand-written ‘notes from Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar have surfaced in mosques all over Afghanistan’s ethnic Pashtun heartland, threatening death to anyone who takes up a government offer to negotiate for peace’, reports Kathy Gannon. She further quotes a former Taleban diplomat, now a member of the High peace Council in […]

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Afghan government falters in Kandahar

Washington Post, 3 November 2010 Joshua Partlow and Karen DeYoung report another governance desaster (after Marja): ‘Despite months of American prodding, the Afghan government has failed to fill dozens of key positions in Kandahar, leaving an ineffectual local administration that U.S. officials fear will cripple the battlefield progress the military says it is making in […]

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Afghanistan jet fuel deals generate thick fog of mystery

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 1 November 2010 This article originally from th Washington Post (but with a better headline here) describes how a 58-year-old Californian bar-and-burger owner turned his business, along with a young Kyrgyz partner, into a multinational jet fuel business that has received Pentagon contracts worth nearly $3 billion. Their companies, Mina Corp. and Red […]

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Pakistan: The Neros of our time

The News, 28 October 2010 ‘We wonder if today we have foolishness, or great courage, on display in Islamabad. Our president smiles often – even as killings in Karachi intensify, the war in the north becomes more and more complex, […] millions of flood victims [that] face the threat of death due to disease and […]

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War is Business, who benefits?

War is Business (blog), 27 October 2010 This blog presents the information from SIGAR’s latest report on contracting in Afghanistan is presented in “web-friendly tables”, listing which businesses got the US reconstruction contracts over the last few years.

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The Taliban’s secret weapon: security

Le Monde diplomatique, Oct. 2010 Louis Imbert analyses the political economy supporting the Taleban and, moreover, gives concrete figures on how much contractors must pay to them on certain projects and puts the number of convois supplying NATO bases in Afghanistan at 6-8,000 per month, annual value: US$ 2.16 nn.

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