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The Human Cost of the Afghan War: UN reports sharp rise in the killed and injured

Kate Clark

Evidence – if more was needed – of the intensification of the Afghan war has come in the United Nations’ annual report on civilian casualties. 25 per cent more civilians were killed in the conflict in 2014 than in 2013, almost all Afghans by Afghans. Most civilians are now being killed in ground engagements, an […]

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Changing of the Guards: Is the APPF program coming to an end?

Fabrizio Foschini

In 2014, the performance of the Afghan National Army (ANA) will be under intense scrutiny. However, it is also high time for another key element of the Afghan security set up to be evaluated: the Afghan Public Protection Force (APPF). The 20,000 men strong, state run security program in the past two years has – with […]

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Out of Power Point Hell: In response to an officer’s tale of quasi-PTSD


Sunny in Kabul (blog), 19 October 2013 El Snarky deservedly smashing some "Afghan" writing. Some at AAN think it is one of the best satires ever since Jonathan Swift's 1729 A Modest Proposal (For Preventing The Children of Poor People in Ireland From Being A burden to Their Parents or Country, and For Making Them Beneficial to The Public) ( Read yourself, […]

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The ‘Other Guantanamo’ 7: Foreigners in limbo at Bagram

Kate Clark

When wars end, military detainees have to be released. Yet at the end of 2014 when President Obama has said the war in Afghanistan will “come to an end”, it is still completely unclear what will happen to the more than 60 non-Afghans held by the United States military at Bagram Airbase. Most were detained […]

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Opaque and Dilemma-Ridden: A look back at transition

Thomas Ruttig

At its Lisbon summit in November 2010 NATO made “transition” its official strategy for Afghanistan, setting mid-2013 as the time when responsibility for security throughout all of Afghanistan should have been handed over – or “transitioned” – from NATO to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in a process of five phases. This time has […]

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