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29 June 2010: New AAN Thematic Report ‘How Tribal Are the Taleban?’ launched

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The Taleban in Afghanistan should be treated as a political movement with political aims, and not as a tribal one, concludes Thomas Ruttig, author of the new report ‘How Tribal Are the Taleban? Afghanistan’s Largest Insurgent Movement between Tribal Roots and Islamist Ideology,’ published today by the Kabul and Berlin based, Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN).

Today’s Taleban movement has a double nature, writes Ruttig. “There is a vertical organisation, in the form of a centralised ‘shadow state.’ This reflects their Islamist ideology which does not recognise tribes and ethnic groups. At the same time, there are horizontal, network-like, military structures which reflect the Taleban’s strong roots in Pashtun tribal society… The Taleban’s Islamist ideology, however, … has allowed it to systematically expand into non-Pashtun areas of Northern and Western Afghanistan…it also provides an umbrella that creates cohesion in an otherwise heterogeneous movement.”

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