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Transition in Uruzgan (2): Power at the centre

Deedee Derksen

“Only the dead see the end of war”. The encryption on the monument for fallen foreign soldiers in Camp Holland, the main international military base in Uruzgan, might end up a sad prediction for many inhabitants of this southern province. As foreign forces prepare to leave, Uruzganis are ever more worried about the future. Deedee […]

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Spring Offensive 2: Civilian casualties

Kate Clark

At least fifteen children have been killed in the war in Afghanistan in the last 36 hours. All were ‘collateral damage’ from insurgent attacks – victims of two IEDs in Laghman and Farah and a suicide bomber’s blast in Paktia. The surge in the insurgency this year has been intense and civilians, generally, are being […]

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22 March 2013: Mali/Afghanistan Podium Discussion in Frankfurt/Main (with AAN)

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Freedom through war? is the question the organisers of a podium discussion in the German city of Frankfurt are posing. And: What are the expectations and expected results of the military in Afghanistan und Mali? The discussion, with participation of AAN Co-director Thomas Ruttig, will take place on 22 March 2013 at 7 pm.   […]

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Allen, Obama and Orwell: Continuing War is Victory

Kate Clark

President Obama in his State of the Union address announced what to many looks like an accelerated drawdown of US troops with half out of Afghanistan by this time next year. ‘We can say with confidence,’ Obama said, ‘that America will complete its mission in Afghanistan and achieve our objective of defeating the core of […]

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Europa und Mali: ‘Jenseits’ des Krieges?

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Stimme Russlands (Russian radio), 16 January 2013 Asked about a comparison between Afghanistan and Mali, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig declined, but added that he was ‘surprised’ that French politicians, after their troops’ Afghanistan experience, were surprised about their Malian enemies’ training and fighting capability.

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U.S. policy and troops in Afghanistan

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Washington Post, 11 January 2013 A soft-spoken but dramatic analysis of a tacit US policy change by former US Ambassador to Kabul Ronald Neumann: ‘A presence of 3,000 to 6,000 troops is a counterterrorist policy that gives up on serious support for the Afghan military and focuses on killing our enemies. It offers nothing to […]

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Protecting Freedom at the Hindukush: Source of Famous Afghanistan Quote Dies

Thomas Ruttig

On Wednesday, former German defence minister Peter Struck died, he who coined the controversial sentence that Germany’s security needs to be defended even ‘at the Hindukush’. Almost no other statement has shaped the Afghanistan-related discussion in Germany like this one. AAN’s Thomas Ruttig looks back at this debate and finds it being more of a […]

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Insurgency encroaching on central Afghanistan

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Long War Journal, 12 November 2012 New Zealand forces in Bamyan ‘have quietly and permanently closed two of their forward operating bases’ in Kahmard district, including forward operation base (FOB) Romero in the Do-Ab area, in early October.

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Twelve Veterans Days: Push To Stretch Afghan Presence Ignores Past

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Defense News, 12 November 2012 A very strong, US military soldier’s perspective on the xbox mentality of those wanting to keep troops in Afghanistan post-2014. Lt. Col. Daniel Davis, who has served more than 20 years in the U.S. Army, has been deployed to combat zones four times, twice to Afghanistan, and won the 2012 […]

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The Taliban Aren’t the Only Ones Who Shoot Young Girls in the Head: The Killing of Benafshah

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Counterpunch, 23 October 2012 Italian journalist renders the story how soldiers from his country shot dead a young Farah girl in 2009 and about what appears to be the cover-up of it.

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Afghan Army Turnover Threatens U.S. Strategy

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New York Times, 15 October 2012 Well, ‘turnover’ is a cautious word: This article discusses the -rising – figures of defections from the ANA. Ron Nordland writes that ‘deserters complain of corruption among their officers, poor food and equipment, indifferent medical care, Taliban intimidation of their families and, probably most troublingly, a lack of belief […]

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