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The Risks of Rising Anti-American Feelings in Kabul

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Eurasianet, 24 March 2011 Additional for US soldiers posing with the corpses of randomly killed civilians (the trial is under way), the Quran burning in the US and incidents of more civilian casualties during special forces operations, Aunohita Mojumdar reports, that also day-to-day behaviour is contributing to increased anti-US feelings in Kabul, and she tells […]

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Adams Krieg (Adam’s War, in German)

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Spiegel 12/2011 (21 March 2011) The story about twelve US soldiers who created what they called a ‘Kill Team’ at FOB Ramrod, Kandahar – a stroy from a war that – as the magazine summarises – ‘has lost view ar its initial cause’ and in which soldiers have developed ‘pure hatred for all Afghans’. The […]

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Kriegsverbrechen in Afghanistan (War Crimes in Afghanistan)

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N24 (German TV), 20 March 2011 Next week, the process against twelve US soldiers who run what they called a ‘kill team’ at FOB Ramrod in Kandahar province will start in the US. They apparently shot Afghan innocent civilians, manipulated the crime scene, took photos and collected body parts as trophies. Although under arrest, the […]

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Destruction is Rebuilding, or: Fare thee well, population-centric COIN

Thomas Ruttig

Words and deeds differ more and more in the US strategy in Afghanistan. A blogger made AAN’s Senior Analyst Thomas Ruttig think about her question ‘Is This What Population-centric Counterinsurgency Looks Like?’, remember some reports he read recently and conclude that the answer is ‘no’. Yesterday, we added a blogdescribing – and carrying a photo of […]

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Is This What Population-centric Counterinsurgency Looks Like?

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Afghanistan Study Group blog, 10 March 2011 In the farmland west of Kandahar City the US Army is building what it calls a “Security and Commerce Wall” as part of its strategy to protect the Afghan people…. err…. the military convoys.

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AAN In The Media – March 2011

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Western aid lines Taliban pockets in Afghanistan AFP, 31 March 2011 ‘Thomas Ruttig of the Afghan[istan] Analysts Network, a Kabul think tank, believes Western aid money is now one of the insurgents’ main sources of income. …The militarisation and privatisation of aid prevent the development of Afghan institutions. It is aimed at fighting the insurgency […]

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Afghan imams wage political battle against U.S.

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Washington Post, 17 February 2011 The authors look at what is preached in Kabul’s mosques during the Friday sermons – a find a lot of hatred and xenophobia against ‘these Christians and Jews’: . ‘Let these brothers of monkeys, gorillas and pigs leave this country. The people of Afghanistan should determine their own fate.

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The Dangers of U.S. Militarism

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Le Monde diplomatique (German), Febr. 2011 Herald Tribune author William Pfaff asks ‘the fundamental question’ whether it ‘has it been a terrible error for the United States to have built an all but irreversible worldwide system of a thousand or more military bases, stations and outposts’ and whether it has not, as planned, enhanced American […]

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AAN In The Media – February 2011

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Afghan parliament elects ex-warlord as speaker Reuters, 27 February 2011 AAN’s Fabrizio Foschini comments on the election of the Parliamentary speaker, saying that although his election resolves the most immediate impasse, parliament continues to face “internal problems and external manipulation,” Taliban in PR Scramble After Attacks  Wall Street Journal, 26 February 2011 Article quotes AAN’s […]

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What comes after the Transition?

Martine van Bijlert

This evening I will be debating whether the West has failed in Afghanistan. Earlier this week I was asked to comment on Dutch plans to send a police mission to Kunduz. A week ago I spent two days brainstorming on what a sustainable transition in Afghanistan could look like (transition being code for phased exit). […]

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Building for Eternity? The Issue of the US Afghan Bases (amended)

Thomas Ruttig

Will the US really withdraw (most of its) its troops – those who will not be rebranded ‘trainers’ and advisors’ like in Iraq – by 2014? Is general Petraeus following his own timeline? For sure, the US is planning to keep (some of) its bases in Afghanistan, and it is expanding them rapidly. A US […]

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