Dostum’s guards allegedly assault villagers 12/03/13 - PAN: Gunmen loyal to Uzbek leader Abdul Rashid Dostum have allegedly attacked and beaten some residents of a village on the outskirts of Shiberghan, the capital of northern Jawzjan province. Nearly 100 people, protesting in front of the governor’s house, accused armed supporters of the Junbish-i-Milli Afghanistan leader of severely beating residents of Hassan Tabin village.
Public representative accused of harassing locals through police 12/03/13 - PAN: Some residents of Borka district in northern Baghlan province have accused member of a provincial council of harassing and intimidating locals through police force. Abdul Jabar Islami, administrative head of Borka district, alleged that Haji Mohammad, a provincial council member, of using police officials to harass and press local citizens.
Afghanistan: ICC Prosecutor Finds Grave Crimes 12/01/13 - Human Rights Watch: The prosecutor’s office of the International Criminal Court (ICC) should expedite its preliminary inquiry on grave international crimes committed in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said today. In its November 2013 Report on Preliminary Examination Activities, the ICC prosecutor’s office found that “[W]ar crimes and crimes against humanity were and continue to be committed in Afghanistan,”...
A woman’s account of Jehadi warlords’ crimes: Overcoming Odds to Fight for Justice 11/30/13 - The Killid Group: Deep sorrow has turned Shahfiqa Salehzai’s hair grey. In 1989 she was a married woman with three children. She worked in the development sector in a company called Yama. Her husband was a fighter pilot. Life couldn’t have been better. “We were a happy family. I had been married for 10 years. I had three children, the two older girls were nine and seven years old, and my son was the youngest,” she says.
Afghanistan: Ghazni Militia Holds Locals to Ransom 11/30/13 - IWPR: Leaders of a militia force established to fight Taleban forces in Ghazni province in Afghanistan have set up private prisons where they torture and extort money from local people, an IWPR investigation has found. More than 50 villagers have told IWPR of abuses they have suffered at the hands of pro-government paramilitaries at three detention centres in Ghazni’s Moqor district.
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Flash to the Past: When the Taleban wanted UN-monitored elections 06/25/13 - AAN presents to its readers a 1996 interview with one of the current negotiators in the Taleban Qatar office, Sher Muhammad Abbas Stanakzai. The interview was conducted by Thomas Ruttig when Stanakzai was part of a Talebans diplomatic mission to Germany. The Taleban were then searching to try to establish diplomatic relations and gaining legitimacy as a partner for negotiations over solving the Afghan conflict. Stanakzai said they wanted the United Nations to intervene. Kabul was still held by the government of Burhanuddin Rabbani (it would fall to the Taleban some six months after this interview). The militant movement openly advocated the formation of a nationally representative jirga, or shura, to select an interim government capable of organising general elections with the help of the UN.
The Taleban in Qatar (2): Biographies - Core and Constellation 06/24/13 - The very public cutting of a red ribbon marking the opening of the Taliban office in Qatar and the videoed raising of their flag allowed the world to see, for the first time in many years, a public face for the clandestine insurgent group. It has also allowed an initial assessment of who is in the Talebans Qatar office and what their credentials as negotiators on behalf of the movement might be. One of the new spokesmen, Dr Muhammad Naeem, said there were 6 major figures in the office; AAN counted 13 Afghans at the flag raising ceremony. Senior Analyst, Kate Clark, with input from Claudio Franco, Gran Hewad, Borhan Osman and guest blogger, Anand Gopal, has put together biographies of the men who may be about to be starting talks with the Americans and the Afghan government.
The Taleban in Qatar (1): Head of office Tayyeb Agha 06/23/13 - The opening of the Talebans political office in Doha brought the slither of a clandestine insurgent movement into the public eye. But just who is in the office, about to negotiate with the US and the Afghan government if, that is, all sides can sort out protocols and procedures? The first of three pieces on the Qatari Taleban is a re-posting of a biography of the head of the newly opened office, Muhammad Tayyeb Agha. The piece was written by guest writer and Taleban expert, Anand Gopal in July 2011 when it was revealed that Tayyeb Agha had been speaking to US officials in Germany. As Gopal reports, Tayyeb Agha, who speaks English and Arabic, operated at the heart of the Taleban government as Mullah Omars press secretary and translator. Since 2001, he is believed to be one of the very few people to have maintained a direct line to the Taliban leader.
Freeing the Guantanamo Five 2: Kafka in Cuba (first posted: 11-03-2012) 06/21/13 - A possible prisoner exchange - captured US soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, for five key members of the Taleban who are held in Guantanamo Bay is top of the Talebans agenda for negotiations, according to their spokesman, Sohail Shaheen, speaking to AP. When this exchange was first mooted in early 2012, it caused outrage among some members of the US Congress and some newspaper editors, who accused the men of being the worst of the worst. Research by AAN senior analyst Kate Clark into the backgrounds of the five men (see her re-published Releasing the Guantanamo Five? 1: Biographies of the Prisoners) led to her delving into how the US makes its allegations against those in Guantanamo. In this second re-published piece, she says the Kafkaesque judicial process there throws up allegations which are peculiar, opaquely sourced and peppered with factual errors. All too often, though, these then get repeated as fact when they can only be deemed credible if there is independent secondary sourcing.
Releasing the Guantanamo Five? 1: Biographies of the Prisoners (first posted: 09-03-2012) 06/21/13 - Now that the Taleban office in Qatar has been opened, a US-Taleban prisoner exchange is again on the table. It would mean the American soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured by the Haqqani-linked, Taleban commander, Mullah Sangin in 2009, being exchanged for four senior and one junior Taleban prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay; they include one of the founding fathers of the Taleban, Khairullah Khairkhwa and the former head of the Army, Fazl Mazlum. The swap was first discussed in the winter of 20112012 and then shelved as talks over the opening of the Qatar office petered out. During this period, AAN senior analyst, Kate Clark, spent several weeks researching the backgrounds of the five, particularly assessing whether they had committed war crimes while in power and how allegations come to be made about prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
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