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Flash from the Past: An Alternative to the Taleban?

Thomas Ruttig

A former Pakistani general pulled new strings in Afghanistan’s conflict in the summer of 2000, trying to set up a Pakistani-controlled ‘anti’ or ‘neo-Taleban’ force. It was to get rid of the increasingly discredited Mulla Omar, safeguard the alliance with the US – and Pakistan’s influence on Afghanistan. The plan failed, or was abandoned – […]

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Pentagon’s quiet shift on Afghanistan war: Maybe safe havens aren’t crucial

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Christian Science Monitor, 10 March 2011 ‘After stressing for years that removing insurgent sanctuaries in Pakistan is vital to winning the war in Afghanistan, US military officials are subtly deemphasizing the importance of that goal as realities on the ground shift’, reports Anna Mulrine. She quotes Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez, commander of US troops in […]

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AAN In The Media – March 2011

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Western aid lines Taliban pockets in Afghanistan AFP, 31 March 2011 ‘Thomas Ruttig of the Afghan[istan] Analysts Network, a Kabul think tank, believes Western aid money is now one of the insurgents’ main sources of income. …The militarisation and privatisation of aid prevent the development of Afghan institutions. It is aimed at fighting the insurgency […]

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AAN In The Media – February 2011

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Afghan parliament elects ex-warlord as speaker Reuters, 27 February 2011 AAN’s Fabrizio Foschini comments on the election of the Parliamentary speaker, saying that although his election resolves the most immediate impasse, parliament continues to face “internal problems and external manipulation,” Taliban in PR Scramble After Attacks  Wall Street Journal, 26 February 2011 Article quotes AAN’s […]

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AAN In The Media – January 2011

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Karzai’s Governing Strategy: A Threat to ISAF COIN Implementation Small Wars Journal, 31 January 2011 Article by James Sisco quotes several AAN blogs, including: As noted Afghanistan scholar Martine van Bijlert writes, In many ways, the list is a reiteration of the myths of the jehad, honouring those who made the emergence of the Taleban […]

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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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Plain Turkey by the AfViet Envoy

Kate Clark

In 1971, a secret history of the Vietnam War was leaked to the American press. One chapter of what became known as the Pentagon Papers, had been written by a young career diplomat called Richard Holbrooke. He of course, would in his final mission, serve as the US envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan (he died […]

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AAN In The Media – December 2010

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Taliban making inroads in Northern Afghanistan The Washington Examiner, 30 December 2010 Article quotes heavily from AAN’s 2010 report ‘The Northern Front’. La lunga ritirata afgana dell’America Aspenia Online, 23 December 2010 An international analysis website quotes (in Italian) AAN’s Kate Clark comments on the US false assumption of progress in Afghanistan Obama’s Review Upgrades […]

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30 Nov/ 3 Dec, Saba TV Kabul: Vendrell in interview

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AAN’s Advisory Board chairman and former UN and EU special envoy to Afghanistan, Francesc Vendrell, will be on Saba TV’s (Kabul) ’30 Minutes’ programme, in an exclusive interview together with Pakistani writer and journalist Ahmad Rashid — tonight Tuesday Nov 30 at 8:30 PM and rebroadcast on Dec 3 at 9:30 PM on SABA Television. […]

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Talks are the only route in Afghanistan

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Los Angeles Times, 27 November 2010 Ahmed Rashid proposes that a military victory over the Taleban is ‘elusive’ but that ‘serious talks are possible, but only if Taliban leaders are able to operate from a neutral venue. They see Afghanistan as being under U.S. occupation, and Pakistan’s intelligence agency, they say, tries to manipulate the […]

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Pakistan: The Embattled Sikhs in Taliban Territory

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Time, 22 November 2010 This reportage from Peshawar describes the Sikh and Hindu community there, growing as a result of displacements elsewhere in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. Former Pakistani Taleban leader Hakimullah Messud had demanded they either convert to Islam, leave their ancestral land or pay a lump-sum jizya (head tax) of 140,000 dollar

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AAN In The Media – November 2010

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Afghan officials free top Taliban fighters Reuters, 30 November 2010 Afghan security forces and hig-ranking officials, including President Karzai, are freeing captured senior Taliban for payment or political motives, states this article. Reuters gives the case of GHulam Haidar, a leading insurgent commander from Kandahar. AAN’s Kate Clark adds that some Taleban are freed legally […]

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