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For a Handful of Bolani: Kunduz’s New Problem with Illegal Militias

Gran Hewad

One month ago, at around the same time that Taleban attacked what was termed a ‘dancing party’ and killed its participants in the far north of Helmand province, a ‘freelance’ militia group invaded the village of Loy Kanam in Kunduz province and killed 12 people, including a number of innocent civilians. While the Helmand incident […]

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The Networks of Kunduz: A History of Conflict and Their Actors, from 1992 to 2001

Nils Wormer

A new Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) report by author Nils Wörmer looks at networks of power in Kunduz province. Wörmer writes that when Germany’s political decision makers opted for Kunduz, in north-eastern Afghanistan, as the location for its future Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) and soldiers and governmental development workers started to deploy in 2003, they […]

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Afghan Militia Wins Uneasy Peace

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Wall Street Journal, 29 May 2012 A report about a local militia that successfully keeps the Taleban out of Qala-ye Zal district in Kunduz. The only problem: officially, these Critical Infrastructure Protection program (CIPP) militia, created last spring by the German military, ‘using American-provided funds’, should have been disbanded: President Karzai had told a reported […]

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Dictatorship of Arbaki in Konduz province

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Suboot weekly (Kabul), 10 July 2011 The correspondents of this Afghan newspaper report from Kunduz that the speading ALP has’imposed fear and horror’ amongst the local population who only dare to speak anonymously. Then, they complain about forced payments of zakat, ALP involvement ‘in people’s transaction[s] including selling and buying of houses, land, commodities and […]

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Rogue militias abuse rural Afghans

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al-Jazeera, 12 January 2011 Villagers and regional leaders accuse semi-official Arbakai of extortion and violence as country forms new local force in Afghanistan’s northeastern provinces of Kunduz and Baghlan. ‘They are supposed to protect us from the Taliban,’ a fermale employee in an international organisation in Kunduz told the authors, ‘But it is difficult to […]

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Because the Night Belongs to Raiders: Special ops in Nangrahar

Fabrizio Foschini

The first days of 2011 have already been dotted with reports of renewed night raids by US special forces turning lethal for civilians, as the ones in Ghazni and Kunduz apparently were. The resentment these operations stir up among Afghans countrywide seems likely to wipe out any possible military benefit deriving from them. The negative […]

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The Americans Are in Our House. What Will the Taliban Think?

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New York Times blog, 15 December 2010 Life in troubled Kunduz Province can be summed up in a word: precarious, writes NYT correspondent Alyssa Rubin. One aspect of it: There is a kind of unofficial cease-fire between the Taleban and the local arbaki. ‘Both sides are getting ready to loot ordinary people’, says an American […]

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‘Fuck the Taliban’: US-Soldaten in Kundus (US Soldiers in Kunduz)

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dpa, 13 July 2010 ‘After a prayer, the sergeant asks for a motto for the patrol. «Fuck the Taliban», one soldier proposes. «Fuck the Taliban», it echoes back from the platoon. A reportage by Can Merey from his embedded tour in Kunduz (in German).

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A New Taleban Front?

Thomas Ruttig

The Taleban successfully have infiltrated Northern and Northeastern Afghanistan and destabilised certain areas, mainly in Kunduz province. Now, there are signs that they might attempt to push forward into mainly Hazara-settled areas the central region. The main road into Jaghori, an important Hazara area, has been blocked raising fears of a new economic blockade or […]

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