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After 12 years, £390bn, and countless dead, we leave poverty, fraud – and the Taliban in Afghanistan

Thomas Ruttig

The Independent, 12 January 2014 The author in the leading British daily quotes extensively from what he calls “a damning study of the outcome of 12 years of international intervention in Afghanistan by Thomas Ruttig of the Afghanistan Analysts Network in Kabul” that underscroes “that US and British military [and may i add – political] […]

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Afghanistan: Sicherheitslücke

Thomas Ruttig

Tagesspiegel (Berlin, online), 7 January 2014 Reporting that the German ISAF forces had stopped reporting the number of insurgent attacks in northern Afghanistan, the Berlin-based daily asked AAN’s Thomas Ruttig for his assessment. Saying that the argument the Afghan forces were in the lead now and needed to take over the reporting sounded like a pretext. “ISAF […]

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Optimism at Security Transition in [Zabul]

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IWPR, 8 January 2014 A rare report from the southern province of Zabul, presenting some optimism, mainly expressed by government officials of provincial council members. The local population apparently was more concerned about US night raids then about the Taleban, and everyone seems to be happy to have national forces in the lead now. The […]

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Afghanistan After America: Series Introduction

Thomas Ruttig

World Politics Review, 8 January 2014 WPR introduces a seven-part series “examining conditions in the last year of U.S. military operations there” (at least, under ISAF) and quotes and links to AAN’s Thomas Ruttig’s year-ender on AAN. “The Pentagon has assessed that ANSF casualties were up 62 percent in 2013 over the same period in 2012. Afghan civilian […]

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German Defense Ministry closes files on Afghan ‘security incidents’

Thomas Ruttig

Deutsche Welle, 8 January 2014 Reporting that the German Bundeswehr (actually ISAF in general) does not give data about insurgent activity anymore, the website of German international radio quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig commenting: “For Thomas Ruttig, who co-directs the independent Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN), there’s also a political calculation behind the decision to no longer […]

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Auftrag und Verantwortung? Die afghanische Lektion

Thomas Ruttig

HR2 (German radio), 7 January 2014 Listen to an hour-long special (in German) on Afghanistan, featuring women activists, a former Afghan Bundeswehr employee, the band Kabul Dreams and AAN’s Thomas Ruttig.

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The year it became ‘Afghan versus Afghan’

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Stars and Stripes, 30 December 2014 AAN’s country director in Afghanistan, Kate Clark, is extensively quoted in this year-ender: Kate Clark, a senior analyst with the Afghanistan Analyst Network, said the war for Afghans looks completely different than it did a year ago. “I think the nature of the war is changing,” she said. “It’s […]

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V Afganistane nikde nie je úplne bezpečne

Thomas Ruttig

Pravda (Slovakia), 27 December 2013 The Slovak daily newspaper prints a short interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig, assessing the strength of the Taleban and the outlook for Afghanistan in 2014, after two Slovak soldiers were killed in an attack in Kabul – bringing the country’s number of casualties to 3.

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Blick auf Afghanistan 2013/2014

Thomas Ruttig

Radio Eins (Germany), 27 December 2013 Listen to the audio of a year-ender interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig, pointing to the meagre military and socio-economic balance of the Western intervention and looking forward to the 2014 presidential election (in German).

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Afghanistan-Experte fordert deutschen Neuanfang am Hindukusch

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DTS/Berliner Umschau, 23 December 2013 The German news agency published a short summary of an interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig published by daily Frankfurtter Rundschau in which he criticised new German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen with visiting German soldiers in Afghanistan but not meeting any of her Afghan counterparts.

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“Ein Frieden mit den Taliban reicht nicht”

Thomas Ruttig

Frankfurter Rundschau, 23 December 2013 On the occasion of Germany’s new defence minister’s first visit to Afghanistan, the Frankfurt-based daily interviewed AAN’s Thomas Ruttig. He started with criticising Ms van der Leyen for continuing her predecessor’s and chancellor Merkel’s approach of flying to Afghanistan without meeting President Karzai or their ministerial counterparts. He demands that […]

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The Incident at Coordinate 42S VF 8934 5219: German court rejects claim from Kunduz air strike victims

Thomas Ruttig

A district court in the former West German capital Bonn has rejected a case in connection with a lethal airstrike ordered by the commander of the German PRT in Kunduz province four years ago. Families of some of the dozens of victims and a German lawyer of Afghan origin had wanted to sue the German […]

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