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Afghan election campaigns kick off amid security threats

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al-Jazeera, 3 February 2014 In this round-up about the first day of the Afghan election campaign, AAN's Thomas Ruttig is quoted as saying: “The main problem is the legitimacy of the result, and that needs to be agreed on by all 11 contenders and the population on the whole so that they all feel included,” […]

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For Afghans, Obama’s SOTU message on US troops was loud and clear

Thomas Ruttig

Stars and Stripes, 29 January 2014 In a report about Afghan reactions to President Obama’s State of the Union address, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted: Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, said Obama did not indicate what the consequences might be if Karzai does not sign the agreement. “For me, the most important […]

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Afghan President Karzai takes political risks with US security pact

Thomas Ruttig

ABC (Radio Australia), 27 January 2014 Afghan President Hamid Karzai appears to have stiffened his resolve not to sign a security agreement with the United States, saying he won’t do so unless the Taliban can be persuaded to begin peace talks. But is the Afghan leader pushing his luck? — Listen to an audio which included […]

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Political calculations may trump evidence in Afghan prisoners release

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Stars and Stripes, 15 January 2014 Reporting about the Afghan-US “standoff” about the BSA and the 88 Bagram prisoners, AAN’s Kate Clark opins that it may be attributed partly to the bumpy transition from a wartime detention regime, which included indefinite imprisonment for suspected insurgents, to civilian rules, which demand that evidence be presented in a […]

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Reading Hamid Karzai [and Hezb-e Islami]

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Foreign Policy, 15 January 2014 Middle East Institute's veteran Afghanistan watcher Marvin Weinbaum gives us an interesting alternative read of the Afghan-US scuffles over the BSA and sees some Hezb-e Islami influence in it.

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A Mutual Interdependency? The BSA and why the US still wants it

Gary Owen

Early in December 2013, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, made it clear that if the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between the governments of Afghanistan and the United States was not signed by the end of the 2013, there would be no more American troops in Afghanistan in 2015. […]

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Innocent, guilty – useful? What’s behind the US-Afghan clash over 88 prisoners from Bagram

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The Afghan government announced yesterday (7 January) that it would go ahead with the release of 88 Taleban prisoners from Bagram despite US objections. American politicians, including two senior US senators who visited Kabul in early January, have warned of further damage to US-Afghan bilateral relations if the prisoner release goes forward. The issue has […]

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When NATO leaves Afghanistan

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IPS/Asia Times online, 19 December 2014 “Afghanistan’s 30 million people are deeply divided over whether President Hamid Karzai should sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with Washington”, writes Guiliano Battiston – although the headline is wrong: NATO is attempting to have a new military mission in Afghanistan after 2014. He quotes AAN’s Kate Clark in […]

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Is Afghan President Rejecting US Security Pact Due to Mysterious Civilian Killings in Wardak Province?

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Truthout, 9 December 2013 The website quotes Matt Aikins who has discovered the killings in Wardak, saying that the incidents in Wardak have played a major role in reshaping Karzai’s stance towards the US and the BSA. And it extensively quotes AAN’s analysis of Karzai’s motivations: “The negotiations surrounding the BSA are the only real leverage […]

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Hagel Bypasses Karzai in Afghanistan Visit with Troops

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Bloomberg, 7 December 2013 Reporting US defence secretary Hagel’s visit to US troops in Afghanistan during which he did not meet President Karzai includes quotes from AAN’s Martine van Bijlert: Avoiding Karzai may signal a hands-off approach toward him by the Obama administration after repeated attempts at negotiation led nowhere, said Martine van Bijlert, co-director […]

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Kabul: Deal imperiled (not online)

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The Week, 6 December 2013 The weekly news magazine chose a one-sentence quote from AAN’s Kate clark in its “the world at a glace” overview on the back and forth of the US-Afghan BSA: “President Karzai just doesn’t want to own the agreement.”

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Hamid Karzai: No ordinary puppet

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AntiWar (blog), 2 December 2013 The US-based pro-peace blog pull together explanations for President Karzai’s refusal to sign the BSA after the Consultative Loya Jirga’s approval. One of hem is AAN’s Kate Clark: “Bottom line, Karzai does this because he knows the US ain’t going nowhere. From Kate Clark, at the Afghanistan Analysts Network: The Americans, […]

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