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UNAMA Mid-Year Report on Civilian Casualties: Highest number of deaths on record

Kate Clark

UNAMA has released its mid-year assessment of the harm done to civilians in the Afghan conflict. It found that more civilians were killed in the first six months of 2018 than in any year since 2009 when UNAMA started systematic monitoring. This was despite the Eid ul-Fitr ceasefire, which all parties to the conflict apart […]

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‘Mother of All Bombs’ Dropped on ISKP: Assessing the aftermath

Borhan Osman Kate Clark Martine van Bijlert

American and Afghan forces have arrived at the site of the massive US bomb blast that targeted a complex of tunnels and caves in Achin, Nangarhar, the stronghold of the Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP), on 13 April 2017. Journalists and other independent observers have not yet been allowed to enter the area, so information […]

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One Step Closer to War Crime Trials? New ICC report on Afghanistan

Ehsan Qaane Kate Clark

The International Criminal Court’s Office of the Prosecutor has said it will “imminently” be taking a decision on whether to request authorisation from judges to commence an investigation into war crimes in Afghanistan. The Taleban could be investigated, among other offences, for murder and intentionally attacking civilians, while Afghan government forces, and the US military […]

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MSF Investigation: US hospital strike looking more like a war crime

Kate Clark

A preliminary investigation by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) into the United States airstrike on its hospital in Kunduz on 3 October, which killed at least 30 people, has raised some serious questions. Fresh evidence suggests statements made by US officials in the first few days after the attack were false. It also makes clear how […]

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There are no known pictures of Mohammed Kamin, now cleared for release from Guantanamo. Even the US military’s intelligence Assessment of him has only a blacked out face.

Kafka in Cuba 3: Afghan who wore the wrong type of watch to be released from Guantanamo

Kate Clark

One of the eight Afghans still detained at Guantanamo Bay, Mohammad Kamin, has been cleared for release after a new review board assessed it was no longer necessary to detain him. Kamin, now in his late 30s and from Khost, has been incarcerated for 12 years, a third of his life. The United States believed […]

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“Reach the Women”: The US military’s experiment of female soldiers working with Afghan women

Gary Owen

In 2009, the United States military in Afghanistan started deploying female soldiers to the field so that they could interact with Afghan women during operations and patrols. A picture of life as a member of what were called Female Engagement and Cultural Support Teams has come in a recently published book, Ashley’s War, by Gayle […]

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Importance of Taliban prisoner swap

Thomas Ruttig

ORF FM4 (Austrian radio), 5 June 2014 English-language audio of an interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig an the significance of the Afghan prisoner swap and the Taleban video reased of it.

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Nicht alle Afghanen freuen sich über US-Truppenabzug

AAN

SRF (Swiss radio), 30 May 2014 Summary of an interview (with complete audio file of it), commenting on Obama’s announcement on the (still imcomplete) US troop drawdown till 2016.

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Thousands of private contractors will remain in Afghanistan

AAN

Digital Journal, 30 May 2014 Self-explanatory article with some intersting catch words: The Overseas Contingency Operations budget, Counter-Terrorism Partnership Fund, US private intelligence and military contractors, Expeditionary Warfare; Irregular Warfare; Special Operations; Stabilization and Reconstruction Operations.

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Work on Afghanistan’s sole rail line falls to five soldiers

AAN

Stars and Stripes, 24 May 2014 An intersting rendering on Afghanistan’s only railway line and the US soldiers who work on its terminus, at Hairaton. (The Afghans who must be working there are not mentioned, for some reasons.)

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‘Secret NATO Jails’ that Aren’t Secret: Ambush and drama over detainees

Kate Clark

In the Afghan government’s latest attempt to wipe out any foreign role in detentions, the commander of the Detention Facility in Parwan (DFIP) on Bagram Air base, General Faruq Barakzai, has said detainees can no longer be sent there. Both US and UK forces have been transferring detainees to the DFIP, which the US finally handed […]

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Pakistani detainee speaks of ordeal in Bagram prison

AAN

Press TV (Iran), 14 April 2014 The website of this Iranian TV channel reports the case of a Pakistani truck driver and former Bagram prison inmate who alleges that he has been tortured there while the facility was still under US control. For background, the report adds: "In July 2013, the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN), […]

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