Tageszeitung (online), 2 February 2017 Op-ed by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig about the new crisis in Afghan-Pakistani relations, playing out after Pakistani accusations of a wave of terrorist attacks being organised from Afghan territory – and counter-accusations and an Afghan quasi-boycott of the latest ECO regional organisation summit in Islamabad (in German).
AAN In Media
Tageszeitung, 2 February 2017 Op-ed commentary by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on the latest attempt of the German federal government to bring state governments in line of its deportation policy of failed Afghan asylum seekers (in German). Main argument: the German government continues to fail to tell the public where the allaged “secure” or “relatively secure” […]
Bureau of Investigative Journalism, 28 February 2017 This report about the increasing use of US airstrikes in the south of Afghanistan, reminiscent of the early phase of the war when ‘local strongmen’ instrumentalised the US forces to get rid of personal rivals, has a quote of former AAN colleague Lenny Linke: “Generally speaking the central government […]
El Pais, 27 February 2017 In this article about the remarkable Taleban message on tree planting in Afghanistan, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted here as saying (replying to a question whether this could be a coded message starting the Taleban’s annual spring offensive) that he doesn’t believe that and that this is perhaps a way […]
Express Tribune, 27 February 2017 In this article about two former Afghan inmates of Guantanamo who, after their release, chose divergent paths – one became an Islamic State jihadist, the other joined the US-led government fight to crush the group – quotes some passages from Kate Clark’s AAN dispatch about Afghans mistakenly apprehended or wrongfully turned over […]
Links 1-2/2017 (27 February 2017) An interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig about the current situation in Afghanistan, a comparison with his first stay in Afghanistan in the 1980s and and a review of the German engagement in the country (in German) by the Dresden-based party newsletter of the Saxonion Die Linke (Left Party). A full […]
Tageszeitung, 26 February 2017 Short op-ed by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig about the Taleban leadership’s appeal to Afghans to plant trees.
Deutschlandfunk, 25 February 2017 German MP Omid Nouripour, in this interview after his recent Afghanistan visit, points to AAN co-director Thomas Ruttig’s assessment of the German government’s security report on the country as “devastating”: Es gibt zum Beispiel das Afghan Analysis Network [sic], das vor Ort arbeitet. Schauen Sie sich mal die Analyse genau dieses Netzwerks […]
Zurück in der Gefahrenzone: Viele der jüngst abgeschobenen Afghanen wissen nicht, wohin sie gehen können
Frankfurter Rundschau, 23 February 2017 In this report about the arrival of the third group of rejected and deported Afghan asylum seekers from Germany, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted as an eye witness: Die Männer wirkten nach Beobachtung des deutschen Afghanistan-Experten Thomas Ruttig, der bei der Landung am Flughafen von Kabul vor Ort war, relativ […]
Abschiebung in den Krieg: Niemand weiß, wo die Bundesregierung sichere Gebiete in Afghanistan sieht und sie sagt’s nicht
Radio Dreyeckland, 23 February 2017 The independent radio station serving the German-Swiss-French triangle “Dreyeckland” interviewed AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on the latest deportations of rejected Afghan asylum seekers from Germany and the security situation in Afghanistan. Listen to the audio (in German).