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Small stories from the province (1): A very high-ranking dog

Martine van Bijlert

“Did you hear about the Australian dog that was lost?” We had been discussing everything from the latest tribal gossip to the final announcement of the provincial council and the recent local appointments. And now, as we are packing up to go, there was apparently still a story of a dog. I had noticed the reports in […]

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9 December, Washington: 2009 Jamestown Terrorism Conference

AAN admin

AAN’s Thomas Ruttig will be on a panel of the 2009 Jamestown Terrorism conference (‘The Changing Strategic Gravity of Al-Qaeda’). He will speak about ‘Major Actors and Leadership in the Taliban Insurgency’. Find all details on the conference on Jamestown’s website here.

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Militia Sightings

Thomas Ruttig

Some see ‘hopes of a large-scale tribal rebellion against the Taliban’ But how spontaneously did the new militias really emerge? Here are some reports on the new militias found in the international media (further contributions welcome). Miralam Khan is the new hero of Kunduz. […] Many are convinced that the former mujahedin commander has single-handedly […]

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New Book: ‘Empires of Mud’

Thomas Ruttig

Antonio Giustozzi is arguably the most studious and productive researcher and author on Afghan affairs. His output is based on insight won during intensive travels to the country far beyond the capital. After editing the recently published ‘Decoding the New Taliban” – with AAN members and friends contributing some chapters – he has now put […]

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The Guesthouse Attack and the Run-Off

Thomas Ruttig

This time it looks as if the Taleban really have managed to give the Afghan election – more precisely: its second round set for 7 November – its own turn. They already considerably influenced the first round of 20 August when they threatened attacks like cutting of inked fingers of voters but largely left polling […]

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What possibly still could be done…

Thomas Ruttig

…. after the ‘Friends of Afghanistan’ anti-democratic ‘consensus’ The leaked ‘consensus’ of the ‘Friends of Afghanistan’, i.e. the foreign ministers of the most influential Western governments, that President Karzai has won the 20 August elections, is the final knock-out for the remaining democratic aspirations of Afghans. Although it has not been stated officially yet, there […]

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Flash from the Past: Elections under Fire (12 Sept 2008)

Thomas Ruttig

All sides involved – the Kabul government, its Western allies, donors and the United Nations – pretend that almost everything’s in order at the Hindukush, apart from small hick-ups. The reality, however, looks different. In the coming year, Afghans are supposed to elect a president for the second times since the fall of the Taleban […]

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UNODC Sees Afghan Drug Cartels Emerging – With One Eye Closed

Thomas Ruttig

U.N. Sees Afghan Drug Cartels Emerging’, reads a headline in the 2 September issue of the New York Times. Now the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) got it. Or did it? The headline reminds of a 2008 World Bank paper (William A. Byrd, Responding to Afghanistan’s Opium Economy Challenge, The World Bank, South Asia […]

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September 2009: New Book Out: Decoding the New Taliban

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Edited by London School of Economics’ Antonio Giustozzi, the new book ‘Decoding the New Taliban’ combines a number of analyses of how the post-2001 Taliban made their way forward in various regions and provinces of Afghanistan. Additionally, cross-cutting issues – the Taliban’s link with the opium trade and their propaganda campaign – and the Pakistani […]

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Taleban edict on the ban of internet (2001)

Published by Radio Shariat (transcript) Saturday, 25 Aug 2001 8:00 pm An edict of the IEA has been issued concerning the prohibition of using Internet on the territory of the IEA by the IEA administration, non-Emirate institutions, foreign and local NGOs. 1st article:         All IEA administration, non-Emirate institutions, foreign and local NGOs and individual people cannot use Internet […]

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Commitment letter for foreign nationals living on IEA territory

This was a draft document sent to international organisations by the Taleban government in June 2001; it was never implemented. Source: AAN archive. Exact copy of the English original (retyped because of poor quality of original fax copy): The commitments of Foreign NationalsWhile Living into the territory of the IEACommitment letter NameFather’s Name:Last Name:Passport no:Nationality: […]

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