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Pakistan ‘behind fatal blast’, say Afghan officials

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AFP/The Australian, 21 January 2014 The news agency report about reactions to the Taverna attack quotes from the AAN dispatch: “It was an attack on foreign civilians targeted merely for being foreign, a rare occasion in this Afghan war,” said Afghanistan Analysts Network.”

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I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on

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Guardian Weekly, 3-9 January 2014 A commentary with a self-explanatory headline by a former imegary analysts with the US air force. She writes: "The US and British militaries insist that this is an expert program, but it's curious that they feel the need to deliver faulty information, few or no statistics about civilian deaths and twisted technology reports on the […]

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Meeting Mullah Baradar… or Maybe Not: Confusion over Taleban Talks

Kate Clark

Yet again there is the impression of something being afoot on the matter of talks with the Taleban, at least as far as Afghan government aspirations go. During the visit of Pakistani Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, to Kabul on 30 November 2013, both leaders had nice words to say about the peace process, with Sharif […]

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Taliban, Drohnen und Pakistans Staatskrise

Thomas Ruttig

Neues Deutschland (Berlin), 11 November 2013 Read the article by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on the killing, by a US drone, of Pakistani Taleban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, his succession by the “Radio Mullah” and implication for attempts to talk peace with both the Taleban of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Conclusion: President Obama’s anti-terrorism policy contradicts Pakistani Prime […]

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Fazlullah has Mulla Omar’s backing

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The News International (Pakistan), 8 November 2013 Although the "news" in the headline is not detailed and based on anonymous, somewhat dubious sources, the rest of the article is highly interesting because it details the inner strcutures and dealings of the Pakistani Taleban, in he light of the killing – through a drone attack – of […]

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Pakistan: Der ferngesteuerte Krisenstaat

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Wochenzeitung (Zurich), 7 November 2013 A guest article (in German) by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig, looking at the implications of the killing, by a drone attack, of Pakistani Taleban Hakimullah Mehsud, on Pakistan’s internal situation in which Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif desperately needs internal stability if he wants to tackle the complex socio-economic and institutional crises […]

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Pakistan ‘will allow Afghan officials to meet key Taliban leader’

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The Telegraph, 30 October 2013 In an article on the trilateral Afghan-Pakistani-UK meeting in London, AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted: “However, after three years in captivity it is unclear whether Mullah Baradar still retains influence over the movement and whether his allegiances may have shifted, according to a recent analysis by Kate Clark of the […]

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Afghan government under pressure to make peace with Taliban

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ABC (Radio Australia), 29 October 2013 Discussing the latest British attempt to get Pakistan and Afghanistan cooperating on Taleban talks, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted (listen to an audio file): “[Interviewer:] Pakistan is the Taliban’s strongest backer – if peace is going to prevail, Pakistan needs to drag the militants to the negotiating table. But […]

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Former Taliban Leader’s Release Fails To Revive Peace Talks

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RFE/RL, 22 October 2013 Article with extensive quotes of AAN’s Kate Clark: Kate Clark, a senior analyst at Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent research organization in Kabul, says she is not surprised that Baradar’s release has not immediately resulted in peace talks. “What you needed was not only his release but some mechanism or political […]

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Pakistan army chief Kayani tipped to get new powerful job on retirement: sources

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Reuters, 4 October 2013 General Ashfaq Kayani, Pakistan's army chief to step down next month, is likely to become "head of a revamped and more powerful Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (JCSC)", the news agency reports. "One senior [Pakistani] intelligence official said [Prime Minister Nawaz] Sharif planned to overhaul the JCSC, a largely ceremonial office, […]

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The Road Through Qatar: Opportunities and hurdles for a political solution in Afghanistan

Thomas Ruttig

Central Asia and the Caucasus, 03-04/2013 In its Afghanistan-special, the Sweden-based academic journal published an article by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig. Only abstract accessible online: “While a military solution in Afghanistan has failed, the search for a political solution that includes the insurgent Taliban movement has not yielded any significant results, despite initial U.S.-Taliban contacts in […]

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The Release of Mullah Baradar: What’s next for negotiations?

Kate Clark

It has been reported that Pakistan has released the most senior Taleban it had in its custody, Mullah Abdul-Ghani Baradar. At the time of his arrest in Karachi in 2010, Baradar was the effective number two in the movement and de facto operational chief of the insurgency. Both the Pakistani and Afghan governments have said […]

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