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The Civilian Casualty Tightrope: Karzai Bans ANSF Calling in ‘Foreign’ Airstrikes on Villages

Gary Owen

In a blistering speech on 16 February 2013, President Hamed Karzai called requests to foreigners by Afghan security forces for airstrikes on Afghan villages ‘shameful’.(1) His office said that tomorrow, he will issue a decree formally banning requests for strikes on what is being described in the English press as ‘residential areas’. The president’s move […]

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General Allen Leaves with an Improved Report Card on Civilian Casualties and Torture

Kate Clark

Today, 10 February 2012, the commander of ISAF and US forces in Afghanistan, General John Allen, leaves after a year and a half in the job. ‘When I got here,’ he told The New York Times, ‘I measured success in how well and how often we were fighting. Today, it’s a very different environment. The […]

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Eagle’s Summit Revisited: AAN report about Decision-Making in the Kajaki Dam Project

Noah Arjomand

In the summer of 2008, in what was described as the biggest British-led ‘route clearance operation’ since World War II, nearly 5000 ISAF and Afghan troops transported eight components of a hydroelectric turbine, each weighing 20 to 30 tonne, from Kandahar Air Field to the Kajaki Dam in Helmand Province – in the face of […]

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Sicherheitslage in Afghanistan: Von Politik in Propaganda abrutschen

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Tageszeitung (Berlin), 29 January 2013 Article by AAN’s Thoms Ruttig in the context of German parliament’s current debate over another extension of the ISAF mandate. He notes a growing gap between realities and reporting of governments, that the reporting about numbers of security incident does not sufficiently describe a security situation which continuously deteriorates in […]

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US halts Afghan prisoner transfers over torture concerns, report says

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Stars and Stripes, 17 January 2013 In this report about another glitch in US-Afghan relations over prisoners, AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted as calling Afghan officials’ claims that allegations of torture in the country’s prisons are wrong, as not credible. She adds that ‘It looks like something has gone wrong with the ISAF program to […]

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ISAF’s First Fifteen Days [in 2013]

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A Different Place (blog), 15 January 2013 Alex Strick has been working on the ISAF press releases data again. As a little teaser (also for another AAN publication to come), here’s a chart comparing the first fifteen days of January in 2011, 2012 and 2013. It shows the number of ISAF operations in which someone […]

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Legenden und Sagen vom Hindukusch

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Stimme Russlands (Russia), 11 January 2013 The German service of Russian radio quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on the role of ISAF forces: ‘Die westlichen Truppen sind einerseits stabilisierend – auch in den Augen des großen Teils der afghanischen Bevölkerung. Sie sind aber auch ein destabilisierender Faktor, denn sie werden auch weiterhin ein Angriffsziel bleiben. Die […]

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Afghanistan vor dem Abzug der ISAF-Truppen

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ARD/Tagesschau.de, 31 December 2012 In an article discussing the viability of the Afghan security forces (in German), AAN’s Fabrizio Foschini is quotes as saying: “On paper, the army might have a good standard. Every Afghans supports it, even the Taleban; they want to have the command over it, naturally. But the quality of the recruits […]

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Civilian analysts gained Petraeus’s ear while he was commander in Afghanistan

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Washington Post, 19 December 2012 Another interesting article by WP’s Rajiv Chadrasekaran, author of ‘Little America’, about how Frederick and Kimberly Kagan, ‘a husband-and-wife team of hawkish military analysts’ were hired by then ISAF commander Petraeus who allowed them unprecedented freedoms and influence on this thinking.

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Ängste vor dem Abzug

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Tageszeitung (Berlin), 29 November 2012 In the context of the German parliament’s debate about an extension of the Bundeswehr mandate for ISAF Afghanistan, Thomas Ruttig’s writes about post-2014 perspectives, with a focus on the 2014 election, the succession debate in Afghanistan and the discussion about whether there should be foreign, UN-mandated members of the Election […]

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‘Der Abzug kommt zu früh und zu spät’

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ARD tagesschau.de, 28 November 2012 Full interview (in German) with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig: ‘I believe that it is in the interest of the governments who have sent troops into ISAF to present the situation in Afghanistan as more stable than it really is. Otherwise, the decision to withdraw the larger part of combat troops by […]

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Bagram and Insider Attacks: ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ no longer?

Kate Clark

It has been a rough week for US-led international forces, with threats, tensions and setbacks multiplying. The Taleban’s spectacular attack on Camp Bastion on 15 September, which left two soldiers – including a lieutenant colonel – dead, six fighter planes destroyed and two others damaged and ISAF’s narrative of a weakening insurgency looking fragile, was […]

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