AAN In Media

Afghanistan: Time to Talk to the Taliban?

BBC, 3 February 2018 Watch an almost 1h-long video of this Newshour Extra programme, with AAN’s Kate Clark, Amb. Shukria Barakzai, Michael Semple and a former Pakistani military attaché discussing whether the latest spike in violence in Afghanistan mean Taleban tactics have changed, and if so why? Is it time, once and for all, to make peace with the […]

Bericht über Afghanistan: Mehr als 10.000 zivile Opfer

ARD, 15 February 2018 Video interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig by Tagesschau24, the round-the-clock version of German leading public TV network’s main news show, regarding the latest UNAMA civilian casualties report.

Taliban publish letter calling on US to start Afghan peace talks

The Guardian, 14 February 2018 A one-line quote by Thomas Ruttig here, on the Taleban online invitation to Doha for US Senator Rand Paul: This invitation stands a better chance of influencing US policy than the “generalised” open letter, according to Thomas Ruttig, of the thinktank the Afghan [sic] Analysts Network.    

L’Afghanistan est-il le nouveau territoire de Daech ?

Ulyces, 12 February 2018 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig and ex-colleague Borhan Osman are extensively quoted in this article (which gratefully has a question mark in its title) in the French online magazin: Au même titre que ces derniers, actifs depuis des décennies, l’État islamique a « continué de se montrer capable d’infliger des pertes massives », note le rapport […]

Wo sich die Taliban die Dörfer zurückholen

Die Zeit, 12 February 2018 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted in this reportage from Taleban-influenced  areas in Badakhshan on the general likelihood of a new Taleban takeover. He says that this was not “acute” and that a takeover of a number of provincial centres were the key to this, while the ultimate goal is Kabul, […]

Pakistan wants US to pay for Afghan border fence

Gulf News, 9 February 2018 AAN research by Fazal Muzhary is quoted here on latest Pakistani ideas of fencing the border with Afghanistan: The Taliban can move with ease between the two countries in the often lawless border lands and are usually waved through by Pakistan security forces, according to the AAN, citing conversations with […]

Afghanistan: how effective has [the] US strategy been

ORF Radio FM4, 9 February 2018 Listen to a short analysis on the English service of Austrian public broadcaster ORF by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on what the new US air war in Afghanistan can and cannot achieve. As this was pre-recorded, a few points dropped out unfortunately, namely questions on US military claims that the increased […]

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