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Assassination

The Killing of Razeq: Removing the Taleban’s strongest foe in Kandahar, an indirect hit at elections

Thomas Ruttig

An attack in Kandahar city has left the province’s governor, NDS chief and police commander, the unrivalled strongman of southern Afghanistan, General Abdul Razeq, dead. The commander of United States and NATO forces, General Scott Austin Miller who had just been meeting the three, was unharmed. The attack mimics earlier assassinations of officials and strongmen. […]

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Här flyr Nils Horners misstänkta mördare

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Expressen (Sweden), 16 March 2014 In a follow-up report to the killing of Swedish journalist Nils Horner in Kabul – which contains a CCTV video of the two killers fleeing, on allegedly in a NDS uniform – , AAN's Kate Clark is quoted: "En av de som träffade Nils Horner i Kabul dagen före hans […]

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”Regeringen kan ligga bakom mordet på Horner”

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Svenska Dagbladet, 12 March 2014 AAN member and former head of the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, Anders Fänge, is quoted here, commenting on the assassination of Swedish journalist Nils Horner in Kabuö on 11 May:   Svensk polis har tränat afghansk polis inom ramen för Europol, men Anders Fänge är tveksam till om det har gett någon […]

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Swedish journalist Nils Horner murdered execution-style in Kabul

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The Independent, 11 March 2014 Reportng the assassination of a Swedish-British journalist in central Kabul this morning, AAN's Kate Clark is quoted. "Kate Clark of the Kabul-based think-tank, Afghanistan Analysts Network, said it was too early to say if there is a trend for targeting westerners in the city, since the attack was unique and […]

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Death of Rabbani (5): Where is the evidence?

Kate Clark

Three weeks after the killing of Burhanuddin Rabbani, the Afghan authorities appear to have found out astonishingly little about who ordered and carried out this plot. As part of a new tranche of documents and testimony from the investigation, the Afghan intelligence agency, the NDS, has released videoed testimony from Hamidullah, the go-between who introduced […]

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The government’s new peace strategy: Who to talk to?

Martine van Bijlert

After the Rabbani assassination, the Afghan government has made it clear that it intends to revise its peace strategy. It has however been very short on the details of what this might look like, other than that it needs to revolve around ‘talking to Pakistan’. The change comes in the midst of deteriorating relations with […]

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Who was Jan Muhammad Khan?

Thomas Ruttig

Another closest Karzai aide killed within five days: after Ahmad Wali Karzai on 12 July, now Jan Muhammad Khan, the former governor and grey eminence of Uruzgan. While the circumstances of the assassinations are distinct (AWK killed by a lone gunman and ostensible friend, JMK by a suicide bomber crew), both men had a lot […]

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The Start of Impunity: the killing of Dr Abdul Rahman

Kate Clark

Everyone has their watershed moments when alarm bells started ringing over the post-2001 political settlement in Afghanistan. For AAN’s senior analyst, Kate Clark, one pivotal moment took place nine years ago in February 2002, when the minister for civil aviation, Dr Abdul Rahman, was murdered in public at Kabul airport. The newly deployed ISAF did […]

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