Ann Wilkens, FOI (Stockholm), background paper FOI-R–3243–SE, August 2011 (in Swedish)
From the summary: The aim to this study is to give an in depth description of those destructive forces, inside and outside of Afghanistan, that oppose the international intervention and contend its goals. Over the last few years, the Afghan Taliban have expanded their area of operations to include almost the whole country. Factors driving this development have been the increasing weakness of the Afghan government as much as the growing strength of the Taliban. As long as corruption permeates the country‟s institutions, the Taliban will – in spite of the terror methods they often use – remain a political factor to be taken into account. Another prerequisite is support from Pakistan, mainly through elements within the security service.
The full paper can be found below:
Talibanrörelsens uppkomst och drivkrafter: en bakgrund inför Bonn II-konferensen om Afghanistan i december 2011
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