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A rising number of children are dying from U.S. explosives littering Afghan land

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Washington Post, 9 April 2014 "As the U.S. military withdraws from Afghanistan, it is leaving behind a deadly legacy: about 800 square miles of land littered with undetonated grenades, rockets and mortar shells. The military has vacated scores of firing ranges pocked with the explosives. Dozens of children have been killed or wounded as they have […]

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The NSA’s Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program

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Firstlook, 17 February 2014 The US National Security Agency "is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people" (as AAN also has shown in one case from Takhar […]

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U.S. seeks new bases for drones [in Central Asia] targeting Al Qaeda in Pakistan

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Los Angeles Times, 16 February 2014 "The Obama administration is making contingency plans to use air bases in Central Asia to conduct drone missile attacks in northwest Pakistan in case the [US] is forced to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan at the end of this year, according to U.S. officials', the paper reports. … "Intelligence officials […]

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Detainee releases prisoner to US-Afghan relations

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France 24, 14 February 2014 In an explainer about the release of 65 detainees from Bagram prison, the website of the French international TV refers to an AAN dispatch by Kate Clark: Under the 2013 Afghan/US Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) – which has not been released, but has been seen by Kate Clark of the Kabul-based […]

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U.S. says freed Afghan prisoners are a threat to civilians, troops

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Los Angeles Times, 13 February 2014 Reporting on the disputed release of 68 prisoners from Bagram, the US daily quotes from a dispatch by Kate Clark, "an expert with the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network": "The U.S. may be right — in part — in claiming the Afghan government has violated the agreement" governing the transfer of […]

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Highway 1 shows the difficulties ahead in Afghanistan

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USA Today, 5 December 2013 A telling piece about how transition to the ANSF and the US withdrawal looks in practice: "Highway 1 is more than just a dusty asphalt road. It … is supposed to be an example of the success of the 12-year effort by multinational forces to end Taliban control and showcase the […]

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When Most U.S. Forces Leave Afghanistan, Contractors May Stay

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NPR, 28 Novermber 2013 The number of US private military contractors has been higher than that of the US military in Afghanistan at least since 2007: "In December 2007, there were 25,000 American troops, compared to 36,000 contractors. In March of this year, the number of U.S. troops stood at about 66,000 — supported by a […]

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Karzai’s Demands On Security Pact Puzzle Afghans, Westerners

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NPR, 28 November 2013 In a feature, NPR brings together the opinions of different people about President Karzai’s motifs not to sign the BSA with the USA. This is AAN’s Kate Clark: “He is genuinely frightened that once the Americans get their deal, there will be no holds barred on what they do in Afghanistan.”

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Karsai pokert hoch

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SRF4 (Swiss radio), 26 November 2013 Listen to a 5:17 min audio interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig (in German) about President Karzai’s rejection to sign the US-Afghan BSA soon. “Kabul seems to believe that the US zero option is a bluff, but it might be wrong.”

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La Loya Jirga afgana examina el acuerdo de seguridad con EE UU

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El País, 21 November 2013 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted here on the BSA Loya Jirga in Kabul: “Karzai sólo busca protegerse de las críticas”, estimaba Thomas Ruttig, codirector del Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) en una reciente entrevista con esta corresponsal. En su opinión, el recurso a la Loya Jirga, definida en la Constitución como representante de […]

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United States gives Afghanistan year-end deadline for crucial security deal

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Reuters, 21 November 2013 AAN’s Kate Clark explains why President Karzai put new obstacles in the way of the US-Afghan security agreement currently discusses in the Consultative Loya Jirga: “President Karzai just doesn’t want to own the agreement,” said Kate Clark of the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network think tank. “He kept handing the responsibility for […]

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Abstimmung über Amerika: Loya Dschirga berät über Sicherheitsabkommen

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Frankfurter Allgemeine, 21 November 2013 While explaining the procedure of the BSA Consultative Loya Jirga in Kabul, Friederike Boege quotes information by the Afghanistan Analysts Network.

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