Afghanistan Analysts Network – English


6 July 2011 AAN’s Kate Clark in the Frontline Club

AAN admin 2 min

On 6 July, AAN’s Kate Clark will be on the panel of the prestigious Frontline Club in London discussing ‘Kill/Capture missions in Afghanistan’. Her AAN report on a bungled ‘intelligence-driven’ US Special Forces operation 2010 in Takhar province in Northern Afghanistan has made some waves.

Following the targeted killing of Osama Bin Laden, the Frontline Club will be devoting July’s First Wednesday to the issue of the expansion of man hunt missions used in Afghanistan to take out thousands of al-Qaeda and Taleban fighters.

This vast campaign of kill/capture missions is veiled in secrecy and has become a major part of the counter insurgency. But how does it level with another feature of the counter insurgency involved in winning the hearts and minds of the people of Afghanistan?

With a panel of experts the Frontline Club will be examining the effects of the kill/capture missions on the ground, looking at how they are conducted and how the intelligence is obtained. What effect are they having and could they play a definitive role in ending the war?

Chaired by Paddy O’Connell of BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House.


Kate Clark, senior analyst for the Afghanistan Analysts Network. Her involvement in Afghanistan goes back to 1999 when she was the BBC Kabul correspondent, she was a frontline reporter during the 2001 war and the fall of the Taliban. Her recent investigation into US targeted killings in Afghanistan is entitled ‘The Takhar attack: Targeted killings and the parallel worlds of US intelligence and Afghanistan’.

Stephen Grey, investigative writer and broadcaster and author of Operation Snakebite: The Explosive True Story of an Afghan Desert Siege, about the war in Helmand, Afghanistan. His most recent film America’s Secret Killers, about the US-led kill/capture program in Afghanistan, was broadcast on Dispatches on June 6.

Additional panelists to be confirmed.

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