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Shocks in a Lacklustre Speech: President Karzai addresses the jirga

Christine Roehrs Kate Clark Obaid Ali

The consultative loya jirga, convened to scrutinise the Bilateral Security Agreement with the United States, has begun with a draft that was only agreed at the very last minute, confusion over the exact status and proceedings of the gathering and a lacklustre speech by President Karzai. The president made little attempt to really sell the […]

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Abstimmung über Amerika: Loya Dschirga berät über Sicherheitsabkommen

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Frankfurter Allgemeine, 21 November 2013 While explaining the procedure of the BSA Consultative Loya Jirga in Kabul, Friederike Boege quotes information by the Afghanistan Analysts Network.

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Amnesty Urges Afghan Council to Demand Accountability for US War Crimes

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AntiWar (blog), 20 November 2013 In a report about amnesty international urging the firthcoming Loya Jirga to demand accountability for US war crimes in Afghanistan, also an AA dispatch about the anti-BSA “counter jirga” is quoted.

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No deal yet between U.S., Afghanistan on post-2014 pact

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Los Angeles Times, 20 November 2013 An AAN dispatch is quoted here: “The independent Afghanistan Analysts Network, an authoritative Kabul think tank, quoted Karzai’s national security advisor, Rangin Dadfar Spanta, as telling members of parliament over the weekend that the U.S. is requesting independent control of the massive Bagram air field north of Kabul and […]

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On eve of Afghan council, uncertainty over future of military mission

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Stars and Stripes, 20 November 2013 AAN’s Kate Clark is quotes here about the drama potential of the upcoming BSA Loya Jirga: Some analysts see the convening of the Loya Jirga as cover for Karzai to make an unpopular decision — though whether that decision will be to keep international troops or jettison them is […]

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Loya Jirga To Decide Whether U.S. Troops Stay Or Go

Thomas Ruttig

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 20 November 2013 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig gives some backgriund on the institution Loya Jirga in Afghanistan: According to Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent research organization in Kabul, Karzai needs consensus, or at least the appearance of consensus, to ratify the controversial agreement. “Loya Jirgas are seen […]

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The Nation’s Voice? Afghanistan’s loya jirgas in the historical context

Benjamin Buchholz

On 21 November, another loya jirga (grand assembly) is forthcoming in Afghanistan, convened to represent ‘the nation’s voice’ about the still pending Afghan-US Bilateral Partnership Agreement (BSA), the basis for any post-2014 NATO mission in the country. This will be the fifth such assembly under the Karzai government. On this occasion, our guest author Benjamin Buchholz […]

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U.S., Afghans work toward agreement on night raids

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AP/Military Times, 19 November 2013 AAN is quoted here on the draft BSA introduced to the Afghan parliament: “The independent Afghan Analysts Network, which gave details on Spanta’s briefing, said Karzai also won a key security agreement from the U.S. that promised joint action — political, economic or military — against anyone attacking Afghanistan or […]

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Afghan elders to discuss key security deal with the US

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AFP, 19 November 2013 “Kate Clark, a senior analyst with the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analyst Network, said too much was at stake for the jirga to reject the BSA. ‘On the BSA depends not just US bases and a possible counter-terrorism force, but also the continuing NATO training mission and money for the Afghan security forces,” […]

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Islamisten warnen Abgeordnete: Loya Jirga in Kabul tagt zu künftigem Truppenstatut

Thomas Ruttig

Neues Deutschland (Berlin), 19 November 2013 In a short op-ed article (in German), AAN’s Thomas Ruttig looks forward at the upcoming “BSA Loya Jirga” in Kabul, convened to decide about the future presence of US troops in Afghanistan. He reports about last-minute difficulties on US soldiers’ immunity from Afghan law and about ISAF commander Dunford’s proposal that US […]

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The First Inklings of the Bilateral Security Agreement: Spanta briefs the Afghan parliament

Kate Clark

Both Afghan and United States officials have, until now, been tight-lipped as to what is in the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) – which is to be scrutinised by a consultative loya jirga beginning on 21 November. If signed, it will govern the post-2014 deployment of US soldiers in Afghanistan. On Saturday, 16 November 2013, the […]

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Afghan Talks at Impasse Before Vote, Officials Say

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New York Times, 17 November 2013 "Despite recent optimism about talks over a future American military presence here, two senior Afghan officials said on Sunday that the negotiations [about the US-Afghan BSA] were at a profound impasse", days before the BSA loya jirga is scheduled to meet. "The officials said both sides had refused to budge […]

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