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Afghanistan Isn’t Ready to Vote

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Bloomberg, 20 October 2013 Sarah Chayes, in an op-ed for the news agency, recalls witnessing ballot stuffing in Kandahar province in 2009, looks at the “lessons unlearned” from this experince and reviews Afghanistan’s electoral institutions. She points out rightly that Americans – and not only Americans – “now typically view elections abroad as a positive, with little […]

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The Taleban in Qatar (1): Head of office Tayyeb Agha

Anand Gopal

The opening of the Taleban’s political office in Doha brought the slither of a clandestine insurgent movement into the public eye. But just who is in the office, about to negotiate with the US and the Afghan government – if, that is, all sides can sort out protocols and procedures? The first of three pieces […]

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A Slow Start: Afghan voter registration in urban centres first

Obaid Ali Ali M Latifi

On 25 May 2013, voter registration for the 2014 presidential election officially kicked off throughout Afghanistan. Female registration has been slow, even though the process is for the moment limited to the provincial capitals. Also general turn-out has been quite low and the process has proven to be cumbersome. It is however still very early […]

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The Making of Another ‘Uprising’: The ALP in Panjwayi

Borhan Osman

The US government and US media are upbeat about a new ‘uprising’ against the Taleban in its heartland in Kandahar. Such a revolt in Panjwayi district would be of particular importance given the area’s status as the birthplace of the Taleban leadership. AAN’s Borhan Osman who has travelled to the area finds, however, that what […]

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Days of Horror and Grief: Reporting the Panjwai Massacre

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NYT At War blog, 9 November 2012 In March, US soldier Staff Sgt. Robert Bales went on a rampage in a village in Kandahar’s Panjwayi district and killed 16 civilians. He is in a US military court now for multiple murder. New York Times reporter Taimoor Shah recalls how he went to the scene of […]

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Kandahar: Assassination capital of Afghanistan

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BBC, 29 October 2012 In Kandahar, more than 500 targeted assassinations have taken place over the past 10 years, writes Dawood Azami, and adds that ‘these killings have become a weekly, if not daily, occurrence in recent years’. The targets include high-ranking politicians, provincial police chiefs, mayors, district governors, village and religious elders, as well […]

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From Ghazni to Kandahar

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Youtube, uploaded 12 July 2011 A short video of the road between Ghazni and Kandahar, showing the extent of the damage insurgent attacks have on the fuel convoys, with cars having to zig-zag through the wreckages of burnt-out trucks and tankers.

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Kandahar schools brave harsh realities

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al-Jazeera, 25 May 2012 Our recent guest blogger Mujib Mashal has an interesting article about Kandahar province’s dire state of education. Students numbers, both male and female, are well below national average, as are high school graduates.Three district ‘never’ had a school.

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The Kandahar Killing: With friends like this… (amended)

Thomas Ruttig

After the killing of 16 Afghan civilians by a US soldier in Kandahar province, Western military and political officials have – duly – apologised again but also called the incident ‘rogue’, a ‘first time’ or a ‘completely out-of-the-ordinary’ event. Thomas Ruttig, a Senior Analyst at AAN, wonders whether this is the case or whether it […]

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Fake Member Of Parliament Raises Alarm In Afghanistan

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RFE, 17 February 2012 According to a member of Afghanistan’s Upper House, a fake MP has visited two districts in Kandahar province and the provincial prison, facilitated by provincial governor Weesa who apparently did not check his identity.

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450 Bases and It’s Not Over Yet

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Tom Dispatch (blog), 12 February 2012 ‘The hush-hush, high-tech, super-secure facility at the massive air base in Kandahar’ – ‘The American military in Afghanistan doesn’t want to talk about it, but one day soon, it will be a new hub for the American drone war in the Greater Middle East’ – is only one of […]

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2001 Ten Years On (2): Getting Home to Kabul

Shoaib Sharifi

While Kabul was falling to the Northern Alliance ten years ago, a young Kabuli journalist found himself in the Taleban heartland of Kandahar trying to get home. He had to head against the tide of Taleban fighters who were all streaming southwards. Our guest blogger, Shoaib Sharifi, said that everyone feared for their lives as […]

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