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Afghanistans Loya Dschirga: Feilschen um Verbleib von US-Truppen

Thomas Ruttig

Tageszeitung (Berlin), 21 November 2013 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig contributed an op-ed (in German) on the BSA Loya Jirga starting today in Kabul, summarising the last controversial pointsot be clarified between the Afghan and US sides, arguing that both sides are interested in geeting the agreement confimred by the delegates, the US because it wants to […]

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Amnesty Urges Afghan Council to Demand Accountability for US War Crimes

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AntiWar (blog), 20 November 2013 In a report about amnesty international urging the firthcoming Loya Jirga to demand accountability for US war crimes in Afghanistan, also an AA dispatch about the anti-BSA “counter jirga” is quoted.

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No deal yet between U.S., Afghanistan on post-2014 pact

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Los Angeles Times, 20 November 2013 An AAN dispatch is quoted here: “The independent Afghanistan Analysts Network, an authoritative Kabul think tank, quoted Karzai’s national security advisor, Rangin Dadfar Spanta, as telling members of parliament over the weekend that the U.S. is requesting independent control of the massive Bagram air field north of Kabul and […]

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On eve of Afghan council, uncertainty over future of military mission

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Stars and Stripes, 20 November 2013 AAN’s Kate Clark is quotes here about the drama potential of the upcoming BSA Loya Jirga: Some analysts see the convening of the Loya Jirga as cover for Karzai to make an unpopular decision — though whether that decision will be to keep international troops or jettison them is […]

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Loya Jirga To Decide Whether U.S. Troops Stay Or Go

Thomas Ruttig

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 20 November 2013 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig gives some backgriund on the institution Loya Jirga in Afghanistan: According to Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent research organization in Kabul, Karzai needs consensus, or at least the appearance of consensus, to ratify the controversial agreement. “Loya Jirgas are seen […]

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U.S., Afghans work toward agreement on night raids

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AP/Military Times, 19 November 2013 AAN is quoted here on the draft BSA introduced to the Afghan parliament: “The independent Afghan Analysts Network, which gave details on Spanta’s briefing, said Karzai also won a key security agreement from the U.S. that promised joint action — political, economic or military — against anyone attacking Afghanistan or […]

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Afghan elders to discuss key security deal with the US

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AFP, 19 November 2013 “Kate Clark, a senior analyst with the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analyst Network, said too much was at stake for the jirga to reject the BSA. ‘On the BSA depends not just US bases and a possible counter-terrorism force, but also the continuing NATO training mission and money for the Afghan security forces,” […]

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Islamisten warnen Abgeordnete: Loya Jirga in Kabul tagt zu künftigem Truppenstatut

Thomas Ruttig

Neues Deutschland (Berlin), 19 November 2013 In a short op-ed article (in German), AAN’s Thomas Ruttig looks forward at the upcoming “BSA Loya Jirga” in Kabul, convened to decide about the future presence of US troops in Afghanistan. He reports about last-minute difficulties on US soldiers’ immunity from Afghan law and about ISAF commander Dunford’s proposal that US […]

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Afghan Talks at Impasse Before Vote, Officials Say

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New York Times, 17 November 2013 "Despite recent optimism about talks over a future American military presence here, two senior Afghan officials said on Sunday that the negotiations [about the US-Afghan BSA] were at a profound impasse", days before the BSA loya jirga is scheduled to meet. "The officials said both sides had refused to budge […]

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Why the Status of Forces Agreement Is So Important for Afghanistan

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Antiwar (blog), 14 November 2013 The blog with the self-explanatory name writes, pointing to and linking with Kate Clark’s dispatch about ‘the problem of US soldiers’ immunity’: The Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) meticulously documents numerous cases in which U.S. forces have been credibly accused of war crimes or abuses and do not face punishment [and] […]

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Kundus nach Abzug der Bundeswehr: Deutschland stärkte die Warlords

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Tageszeitung (Berlin), 12 November 2013 The Berlin-based daily reviews AAN’s report of today, Philipp Münch’s “Local Afghan Power Structures and the International Military Intervention”, what it calls “the first analysis after the withdrawal of the Bundeswehr troops” from the Afghan northeast. Germany has tried to stay neutral, author Sven Hansen concludes about the “sobering study”, which […]

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Neuer Talibanchef in Pakistan: Rache statt Friedensverhandlungen

Thomas Ruttig

Tageszeitung (Berlin), 9 November 2013 Read a portrait of the new Pakistani Taleban leader Mulla Fazlullah by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig (in German). Referring to media reports that Fazullah has announced that his organisation, as revenge for the killing of his predecessor Hakimullah Mehsud, will launch an offensive against Pakistai installations and politicians, Thomas concludes that this […]

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