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The second line of talks: Hezb-e Islami in Kabul

Gran Hewad

With the suspension of talks in Qatar and the spike in security incidents across the country, the latter part of the mooted “fight and talk” equation looks pretty lopsided this year as far as the Taleban goes. But meanwhile, dialogue between the second largest insurgent group ‘Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin’ (HIG) (1) and the Afghan government […]

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In Kabul’s Shadow: the attacks in the provinces on 15-16 April

Fabrizio Foschini

The attacks that took place a week ago in Kabul received more than their fair share of media coverage. The same thing cannot be said for the parallel attacks launched by insurgents simultaneously in three other provincial capitals. AAN’s Fabrizio Foschini and Obaid Ali look into the attacks in Nangrahar, Paktia and Logar, to try […]

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‘Spring Offensive’ and the War of Perceptions

Martine van Bijlert

It is not easy to strike the right balance when discussing yesterday’s attacks by the Taleban in Kabul and three provinces. The international media, particularly those without correspondents on the ground, have talked up the intensity and relevance of the attacks in eye-catching headlines, referring to them as a ‘Taleban offensive’, ‘attack on the diplomatic […]

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Journalist zweifelt an Fähigkeit afghanischer Sicherheitskräfte

AAN Team

Deutschlandradio Kultur, 16 April 2012 After a Taleban attack in Kabul, the German radio stations talks with an editor of Berlin-based daily Tagesspiegel who, again, refers to information the daily received from AAN’s Thomas Ruttig (in German).

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Afghan New Year: Sal-e Naw Mubarak

Kate Clark

Three swallows were sighted in the skies over Kabul by members of the AAN team this week – a welcome harbinger of spring after this year’s long, cold winter. They disappeared again, as a dust storm racked Kabul on the last day of the Afghan year. Nawruz has now dawned, even with grey and gritty […]

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A Katanga Scenario for Afghanistan? (amended)

Thomas Ruttig

When former Northern Alliance leaders met with a group of influential US congressmen and businessmen in Berlin in early January, the meeting made a lot of waves in Kabul, because it created the impression that a broad anti-Karzai alliance was in the making and that it had started to muster support in the US. Furthermore, […]

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Striking at Kabul, now and then

Fabrizio Foschini

The start of a new year is always an opportunity for reflection. 2011 was not the first and will probably not be the last year that drew to a close amid violence in Kabul. AAN’s Fabrizio Foschini takes a historical look at how the conflict has reached inside the gates of the Afghan capital in […]

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Afghanistan’s poor face difficult decisions amid winter cold


Los Angeles Times, 9 January 2012 A combination of factors is making this winter harder to bear as the number of displaced soars in Kabul.

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Guest Blog: Afghanistan’s post-2014 relation crisis

Akmal Dawi

As the year 2011 nears its end and analysts all over the world write their end-of-year reviews, Afghan journalist Akmal Dawi discusses Afghanistan’s regional relations. He finds Kabul at odds with many regional capitals, for reasons that are beyond its control, and wonders what kind of hostile post-2014 neighbourhood Afghanistan may find itself in. President […]

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‘Former Taliban’ in the Afghan peace puzzle


al-Jazeera, 26 December 2011 A detailed analysis of which role, how differently, the former Taleban residing in Kabul play in the peace process, with some interesting quotes about their relationship with the Taleban movement and Karzai’s mistrust about Zaeef and Mutawakkel for perceived closeness with the US and Britain.

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Kabul attacks: who is behind the suicide bombing?


Guardian, 7 December 2011 In the Guardian’s ‘Comment is free’ section, Abbas Daiyar – who has also written blogs for AAN – draws the genealogical tree of Pakistan-based secterian splinter group Lashkar-i Jhangvi al-Al(a)mi that took responsibility for the Ashura attacks in Kabul and Mazar back to mainstream JUI party and also points to the […]

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2001 Ten Years On (1): How the Taleban fled Kabul (amended)

Kate Clark

It is ten years since Taleban-controlled Kabul fell to the Northern Alliance after just five weeks of US bombing. AAN’s Kate Clark, then the BBC correspondent, had been expelled from Kabul in March 2001 over reporting on the Taleban’s destruction of the Buddha statues in Bamyan and had spent eight months based in Islamabad. She […]

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