AAN in Media

Two Western Hostages Are Freed in Afghanistan in Deal With Taliban


International New York Times, 19 November 2019

AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted as saying here that

“It’s a risky move on his part,” Kate Clark, an analyst with the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network, said of Mr. Ghani. “It’s not clear why it has happened now or whether it will actually be what he said he hopes it will be — a confidence-building measure with the Taliban.” (…)

Ms. Clark, the analyst, said the prisoner swap could prove worthwhile if it led to a reduction in violence.

On the other hand, she added: “Will letting these three out increase the capacity of the Haqqani network?”

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