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Paint It Pink: The US redefining ANA success

Gary Owen

Twice a year, the United States Department of Defense (DoD) reports to the Congress and Senate committees on defense, appropriations, and foreign relations on the ‘progress’ of the conflict in Afghanistan. AAN guest blogger, Gary Owen, a former soldier who now is working as a civilian development worker(*) has been scrutinizing the reports, teasing out, […]

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AAN In The Media – August 2012

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Political analyst on Afghanistan killings ABC News, 31 August 2012 AAN analyst Fabrizio Foschini is featured in a long video interview regarding the ‘green on blue’ attack which cost the lives of three Australian soldiers in Uruzgan, and more broadly on the possible origin of these attacks and the concerns they create for the future […]

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Afghan war: Who’s in charge, again?

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Christian Science Monitor, 30 July 2012 Reporter Tom Peter didn’t think to bother the US troops, who shares a base with him, when scheduling an appointment with the district governor of Arghandab in Kandahar province. Read what happened. And when finished reading, imagine you’re an AFGHAN reporter. Or a relative of someone arrested.

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Flash to the Past: The Mess in Afghanistan

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New York Review of Books, 12 February 2004 very rightly so, Ahmed Rashid is upset about The New York Times that wrote up a report on human rights abuses in Afghanistan based on a document that it has suddenly discovered or noticed billing it as an exclusive. He has sent an earlier article of him […]

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CIA Advisor Advocates Meddling in Afghanistan’s Election

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Registan, 10 July 2012 Joshua Foust on a high-profile columnist who still hasn’t got it: It is not the US who should chose the next Afghan president.

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AAN In The Media – July 2012

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Taliban wollen NATO-Basen übernehmen N24 (German news channel), 31 July 2012 AAN’s Kate Clark i quoted here, from a dpa news agency report, on the Taleban agreeing with the Afghan government that NATO should not destroy but hand over bases: ‘This shows extraordinary confidence or foolishness’, adding the Taliban are ‘really, really confident’ that either […]

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Ahmed Rashid: Talks with Taliban must be secret to be successful

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Globe and Mail, 1 July 2011 Ahmed Rashid tells us how it all started: ‘The process began when German officials, at the request of the Taliban, held their first meeting in September, 2009, in Dubai. […] The Germans made sure the interlocutors represented the Taliban Shura (its governing council), which is headed by Mullah Mohammed […]

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Some at Gitmo could go to Afghanistan

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AP, 29 June 2012 In order to get stalled talks with the Taleban going again, ‘the Obama administration is considering a new gambit to restart peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan that would send several Taliban detainees from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay’ to prisons in Afghanistan.

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The Biggest And Most Expensive Embassy In The World Is About To Get A Massive Upgrade

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Washington Post, 28 June 2012 US State Department continues to spend money on the Baghdad Embassy, that currently still houses 1,350 government employees.

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Another Hezb-e Islami U-Turn – with more to follow? (amended)

Gran Hewad

When the second largest insurgent group, Hezb-e Islami (1), suspended talks with the Afghan government, three weeks ago, it cited dissatisfaction with the signing of the US-Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) on 1 May 2012. Kabul has now gone public, accusing Hezb-e Islami of telling it a different story immediately after the talks, which were […]

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Visit Afghanistan’s ‘Little America,’ and See the Folly of For-Profit War

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The Atlantic, 1 June 2012 Read David Rohde’s long piece about USAID’s work in Helmand province, as it is forced to hire more and more contractors, even to oversee other contractors. With some reminiscences to the 1950-70s USAID project in the same province.

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AAN In The Media – June 2012

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The Taliban and Fear  The Diplomat, 26 June 2012 The Indian blog, in an article by Sanjay Kumar, quotes from Thomas Ruttig’s AAN blog about the Taleban attack in Kargha. Her er slakteren som overtar «norsk» provins Dagbladet (Norway), 25 June 2012 In an article reporting Dostum tightening his grip over the northern province of […]

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