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Afghanistan-Einsatz: Die Bundeswehr als Komplize der herrschenden Klasse?

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Frankfurter Allgemeine, 12 November 2013 Friederike Böge, herself a journalists’ trainer and correspondent in Afghanistan, reviews Philipp Münch’s AAN report about the international intervention’s impact on local power structures in northeastern Afghanistan (both online and print). She summarises Philipp’s rendering of the contradictory approach of the German forces vis-a-vis the power holders in Kunduz and Badakhshan, […]

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Studie: Bundeswehr-Strategie stärkte afghanische Warlords

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Zeit online, 12 November 2013 The German weekly’s website picks up the taz reporting about Philipp Münch’s Tjematic report for AAN, “Local Afghan Power Structures and the International Military Intervention”, case studies of the Bundeswehr and US forces in Kunduz and Badakhshan.

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Bundeswehr stärkte indirekt Warlords in Kundus

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dpa/Focus, 12 November 2013 The second weekly political magazine in Germany picks up dpa agency’s report about a “report by the independent thinktank, the Afghanistan Analysts Network, about which the Berlin daily „tageszeitung“ (taz) reported”.

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Die Warlords als Oligarchen

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German Foreign Policy (blog), 21 December 2012 The blog summarises Thomas Ruttig’s contribution ‘Das Scheitern der Luftlande-Demokratie in Afghanistan’ to a German publication.

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Jobs for Ex-Militants Feed Distrust of Afghan State

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Wall Street Journal, 1 April 2012 Yaroslav Trofimov tells the story of Commander Abdullah, locally known as Charsi, or hashish smoker, one of the most feared insurgent leaders in western Afghanistan and now ‘reintegrated’, waiting to be put in charge of the local Afghan Border Police. Local elders worry: ‘What lesson is this teaching to […]

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Dad Noorani, critic of warlordism, passed away

Thomas Ruttig

Wednesday night, Dad Noorani, one of Afghanistan’s best political analysts and most courageous journalists, succumbed to a heart attack. AAN’s Thomas Ruttig commemorates the determined opponent of warlordism and defender of the rule of law. Born in Farah in 1956, Dad* Noorani – he also used the first name Paghar – studied medicine at Kabul University […]

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Guest Blog: Ruling from the Mezzanine – the Balkh case

Michael Daxner

The debate about the role of former commanders and warlords in the Afghan statehood and its regions, about whether they might integrate into the ‘new’ Afghanistan, become civilised by playing (in) the institutions as well as about what that means for the country’s direction is as controversial as inconclusive. Our guest blogger Michael Daxner* looks […]

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Revealed: Afghan chief accused of campaign of terror is on US payroll

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The Independent, 18 March 2011 This article by Julius Cavendish throws some light on another of the shadowy forces operating in Afghanistan, the so-called ‘Afghan security guards’, also known amongst Afghans as ‘campaign’. It reveals that one commander in Urgun, Paktika, operates together with US special forces despite ‘persistent allegations that he launched a two-year […]

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Ghor Warlords Accused of Abusing Women

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IWPR, 17 March 2011 IWPR has gathered evidence from provincial government officials, police and residents of Ghor, who report that numerous grave human rights abuses are being committed by militia forces which in theory are not even supposed to exist any more – a tell-tale story about the ‘success’ of the Disbandment of Illegal Armed […]

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Voters Angry at “Warlord” Candidates

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IWPR, 19 July 2010 Another encouraging story of Sarepul citizens who moved to block former commanders from running for parliament, and in an factionally balanced way: one Jamiati, one Jombeshi. This is while exit-prone Western governments look for ‘local strongmen’ as allies.

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Don’t Call That Warlord a Warlord

Antonio Giustozzi

In Afghanistan, some feel insulted when they are called a ‘warlord’. Some rather call them, euphemistically, ‘local power brokers’ or ‘strongmen’. The author of this blog thinks that the term still is useful – but that it should not be used randomly and proposes a sharper definition. By Antonio Giustozzi. This blog first appeared on […]

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Dealing with brutal Afghan warlords is a mistake

Candace Rondeaux

With this op-ed by NICK GRONO and CANDACE RONDEAUX* originally published in the Boston Globe we continue our discussion of the warlord issue in Afghanistan. As Washington rolls out its latest troop surge in Afghanistan, all eyes are on the violent south and east of the country to see whether the additional military muscle will […]

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