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Happy Christmas (2014), Will War Be Over?

Thomas Ruttig

The spin from Chicago is working. Many media reported that the war in Afghanistan will be over and Western troops gone by 2014. Apparently, they did not get President Obama’s full message that was much more subtle: that the war ‘as we know it’ will be over. It will change its character and the new […]

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Obama’s visit in ‘pre-dawn darkness’

Kate Clark

President Obama has visited Afghanistan under cover of darkness, signed a ten year strategic partnership agreement, spoken to the American – although not the Afghan – people from Bagram, claimed near victory over al-Qaida and the Taleban, said a new day was dawning for Afghanistan and left. The Taleban, meanwhile, tried to pretend the visit […]

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At U.S. Base, Afghan Endgame Begins

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Wall Street Journal, 29 December 2011 Article not only describes how Obama’s decision to withdraw troops puts the brakes on $300 million in projects for FOB Shahrana (Paktika), but also illustrates the contradicitons in US policy; ‘hearts and minds counterinsurgency’, kill/capture, moving the surge to the east, and now ‘rationalising’ and handing over

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Leaving Afghanistan: Where’s The Progress?

Thomas Ruttig

Along with other Afghanistan watchers, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig has been asked to comment on President Obama’s announcement of a partial troop withdrawal by Foreign Policy Magazine and the FP-related AfPakChannel. Please read a synthesis of both articles here*. The announcement of the troop drawdown by President Obama last night will not change the military balance […]

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Special Court Suggests to Change 62 MPs: The Incoming (amended)

Thomas Ruttig

This Thursday, when President Barack Obama announced the withdrawal of 10,000 US troops by the end of the year and of 23,000 more by September 2012, Afghanistan actually was preoccupied with things domestic. The saga of the parliamentary elections of September 2010 saw a new chapter opened, and it is far from clear whether we […]

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Obama’s Secret Afghan Exit Formula

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The Daily Beast (blog), 11 June 2011 Leslie H. Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, knows what he calls Obama’s and Petraeus’ hush-hush plan about the announced US tropp ‘drawdown’ in Afghanistan which will not be publicly revealed. And he knows where Gates, Clinton, Panetta et al stand on this.

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Covering Obama’s Secret War

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Columbia Journalism Review, May/June 2011 Articles discusses the difficulties of reporting on the secretive drone war and the questions that often get overlooked:

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The Hidden War: The stories you missed in 2010 – AfPak edition

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AfPak Channel, 21 December 2010 The Obama plan, Marja, COIN, ‘crazy’ Karzai, drone strikes, Taleban releases, contractors, truth and reconciliation, pakistani aspects – 14 stories, amongst them from 3 AAN Senior Analysts and other prominent writers like Peter Bergen, Anand Gopal, Samina Ahmed etc.

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Reading papers on an airplane (amended)

Thomas Ruttig

A little press review by an analyst trying to catch up with the news after a few days off: the Obama review, terrorist threats in Europe, Dubai’s well-informed taxi-drivers, the inventors of waterboarding, a not so crazy Afghan project and Germany’s still grotesque discussion about whether that’s a war going on in Afghanistan. Thanks goodness, […]

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Obama’s War Strategy: Stamping out the fire by pouring on gasoline

Kate Clark

President Obama’s review of the first year of his war strategy in Afghanistan is extraordinarily upbeat. “The momentum achieved by the Taliban in recent years,” it says, “has been arrested in much of the country and reversed in some key areas… The surge… has reduced overall Taleban influence.”(*) For those of us living in Afghanistan, […]

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Reviewing the US in Afghanistan

Martine van Bijlert

The changes in the US administration after Obama’s election brought a short and rather refreshing burst of frankness on how bleak the situation in Afghanistan was. At the time I mistook this for honesty and a tolerance for complexity, but it turned out to have been a somewhat sophisticated version of ‘slam the predecessor.’ This […]

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PashtoMashtoLeaks (1): Bagram Calling

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Yesterday, the BBC reported as follows: ‘President Barack Obama has told US troops in Afghanistan they are making crucial “progress” against insurgents. During an unannounced visit to Bagram air base near Kabul, Mr Obama said: “Today we can be proud that there are fewer areas under Taliban control.” He also spoke to President Hamid Karzai […]

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