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The Nerkh Killings: The problem with ‘immunity’ for US soldiers

Kate Clark

Revelations concerning the alleged involvement of US soldiers in the forced disappearance, murder and torture of Afghans in the Nerkh district of Wardak a year ago keep surfacing. The US insists its forces come only under US legal jurisdiction, that they are ‘immune’ from Afghan courts and that it will investigate any wrongdoing by its […]

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Jirga Schedule Set, Karzai Reaffirms BSA Focus

AAN

ToloNews, 13 November 2013 Not much has filtered out yet about the choice of delegates, composition, agenda and so forth of the upcoming jirga that will decided about the US-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement. Here a few details, like delegates will break up into "17 categories" on the gathering's first day to be briefed about details […]

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Why the Status of Forces Agreement Is So Important for Afghanistan

AAN Team

Antiwar (blog), 14 November 2013 The blog with the self-explanatory name writes, pointing to and linking with Kate Clark’s dispatch about ‘the problem of US soldiers’ immunity’: The Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) meticulously documents numerous cases in which U.S. forces have been credibly accused of war crimes or abuses and do not face punishment [and] […]

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The Counter-Jirga: 3000 participants condemn the US, the Afghan government and the BSA

Borhan Osman

One of the largest anti-American events witnessed over the past years has taken place in Kabul with 3000 politicians, mullahs and students coming together from across Afganistan to voice their adamant opposition to Afghanistan signing a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States. It comes just days before the government is due to hold […]

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Karzai passes the buck on US troop ‘immunity’

AAN Team

Deutsche Welle, 29 October 2013 Discussing the forthcoming Loya Jirga on the Afghan-US Bilateral Strategic Agreement, the German international radio’s website quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on the status and importance of the Loya Jirga as an institution as well as on President Karzai’s motivation to call a Loya Jirga on the subject: “The Afghan constitution […]

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Afganistán afronta el dilema de dar inmunidad a EE UU o perder su ayuda

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El País, 23 October 2013 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted in this article about the Afghan-US negotiations about the BSA: “El Gobierno afgano tiene autoridad para decidir sobre la inmunidad. Karzai sólo busca protegerse de las críticas”, asegura Thomas Ruttig, codirector del Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN). La Loya Jirga, definida en la Constitución como representante […]

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The Lion Roars Again: BSA, Loya Jirga and a strong sense of déjà vu

Kate Clark

Preparations are underway for the ‘consultative Loya Jirga’ which will meet in a month’s time, as the first step in deciding whether Afghanistan signs a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States. The Afghan parliament will then either approve or reject the agreement. All this pushes the decision way past the 31 October deadline […]

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Not Signed and Sealed Just Yet: Kerry and Karzai’s deal on the Bilateral Security Agreement

Kate Clark

The United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, has flown home with the basis of a Bilateral Security Agreement in his pocket, finally thrashed out with President Hamed Karzai. On this depends continuing US and NATO missions after 2014. Negotiations on the deal have been long and painful, AAN senior analyst Kate Clark reports, because […]

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Progress with a catch in Afghanistan troop negotiations

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October 2013 AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted in this article about the Afghan-US negotations over an bilateral security agreement: “’He’s in an unenviable position,’ said Kate Clark, an analyst with the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network, referring to Karzai. ‘He’s the leader of a nation which is very reliant on foreign aid, both budgetary and […]

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Legalities of the Post-2014 Landscape: The US-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement

Kate Clark

By 1 May 2013, the United States and Afghanistan should have finalised a Bilateral Security Agreement and associated Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) for governing a post-2014 US military deployment. There is, as yet, no sign yet of any deal. These new agreements are supposed to supersede the Status of Forces Agreement ratified in May […]

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The ICG Report and the Government’s Search for a New Narrative

Martine van Bijlert

A report by the International Crisis Group on Afghanistan’s upcoming transition has triggered a hostile response from the Afghan government. The ICG report is described as an attempt to weaken Afghanistan’s resolve in the face of the US-Afghan Strategic Partnership negotiations and as a means to pave the way for foreign interference in the upcoming […]

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