Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

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Afghan Cities Become Key Battlegrounds

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War on the Rocks (blog), 9 April 2021

This piece by Ashley Jackson and Antonio Sampaio is particularly interesting for the abundance of data compiled on the growth of Afghanistan’s urban centres. Meanwhile, their statement about a “growing consensus that the Taliban is behind many, if not the majority” of the recent assassinations in the cities lacks the other side of the equation – who is behind those killings not committed by them. The article lists militias, criminal networks and the Islamic State, but completely ignores intelligence services, also due to the fact that no one in Afghanistan dares to point a finger in this direction.