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AAN In The Media – June 2012

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The Taliban and Fear  The Diplomat, 26 June 2012 The Indian blog, in an article by Sanjay Kumar, quotes from Thomas Ruttig’s AAN blog about the Taleban attack in Kargha. Her er slakteren som overtar «norsk» provins Dagbladet (Norway), 25 June 2012 In an article reporting Dostum tightening his grip over the northern province of […]

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The Abbottabad Files: ‘Guests’ and ‘brothers’ at the AfPak border

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Just around the first anniversary of Osama Bin Laden’s killing by US Special Operations Forces, the US government decided to release 17 al-Qaeda documents(1) that were found in his last refuge in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad. 17 out of 6,000 seized documents is not much, and it is open how representative this selection is […]

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Osama Bin Laden: The night he came for dinner

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BBC, 2 May 2012 ‘Following Bin Laden’s death a year later, both Pakistani and American officials had insisted that the al-Qaeda chief had lived in total seclusion for nearly five years, without once leaving his Abbottabad compound’, writes Pakistani journalist Muhammad Inyas Khan. He has found evidence to the contrary: OBL has visited local elders […]

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AAN In The Media – May 2012

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The Afghan conflict’s ‘terrible mistakes’  New Straits Times, 30 May 2012 The intervention veered from ‘too little too late’ in its crucial early years, to one of ‘too much too late’,” according to Barbara Stapleton of the Afghanistan Analysts Network. In a May 16 report, the former senior political adviser to the special representative of […]

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May 2012: ‘Under the Drones’ – New book with AAN participation

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Titled ’Under the Drones: Modern Lives in the Afghanistan-Pakistan borderlands’ and edited by Shahzad Bashir and Robert D. Crews, the book contains chapters about a broad spectrum of issues, both political and ethnographic, that go back to a seminar held at Stanford University in late 2009. I asked a mullah, what do you think Paradise is […]

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AAN In The Media – April 2012

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Atta Muhammad Noor, Afghan Governor, Criticizes U.S. Exit Plan Huffington Post, 30 April 2012 In a blog by Joshua Hersh, there is an extensive quote of AAN’s Fabrizio Foschini about politicking in northern Afghanistan: ‘Analysts say that Noor may have other constituencies in mind as well. Fabrizio Foschini, a researcher with the Kabul-based Afghan Analysts […]

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Ahmed Rashid in The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

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Comedy Central, 28 March 2012 Ahmed Rashid tells the Americans what they apparently did not realise: there are two different Talebans – the Afghan and the Pakistani and answers the questions why, despite the Hellfire they let rain on Pakistan, no one loves them there.

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The battle for Kurram

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Friday Times, 2-8 March 2012 The quality Pakistani weekly takes a look at the situation in the Kurram agency after 43 people were killed in a suicide attack outside a mosque in Parachinar in February, on the various Pakistani Taleban splinter groups involved and the role of the Haqqani network in it.

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All the Khan’s Men: Imran Khan and the Turncoats

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Newsline (Pakistan), 11 February 2012 The Pakistani magazine looks at the politicking behind Pakistani politician and ex-cricketer Imran Khan’s ascent and at the ‘new’ faces joining his movement.

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Leadership Rift Emerges in Pakistani Taliban

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New York Times, 5 March 2012 The background story on the dismissal of Maulvi Faqir Muhammad as deputy head of the Pakistani Taleban umbrella organisation TTP, on the issue of peace talks with the Pakistani government.

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AAN In The Media – March 2012

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Ratlos am Hindukusch Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik, April 2012 In this op-ed for the Berlin-based monthly, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig comments on the recent events in Afghanistan like the Panjwai massacre and the Quran burnings, the failure of Western policy that allowed the military to take over core decisions on Afghanistan and the dilemma […]

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Guest Blog: Karzai and the ‘Imran Khan Factor’ in Pakistan

Malaiz Chopan-Daud

There is little understanding of Pakistan and its internal dynamics in Afghanistan. A recent example is the visit of President Hamed Karzai to Pakistan last week, during which he met with Pakistani leaders – not only those from the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) but also a number of other prominent politicians: the leaders of […]

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