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Franz J. Marty

Franz J. Marty is a freelance journalist and, since September 2023, based in Tbilisi, Georgia, from where he covers the wider Caucasus region and also keeps a close eye on Afghanistan.

Before moving to Tbilisi, Franz J. Marty has, between December 2014 and June 2023, including during the Taliban’s overthrow of the Afghan Republic in August 2021, lived and worked in Afghanistan. His work in Afghanistan included exclusive interviews with Taliban and members of the self-declared Islamic State, embeds, as well as unaccompanied investigative reporting from various, at times remote and hostile corners of the country.

His articles have been published by, amongst others, The Diplomat, the Swiss Institute for Global Affairs, Inkstick, The Central Asia - Caucasus Analyst, The Afghanistan Analysts Network, and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. He has also done numerous live hits for tv channels such as CNN, DW, and France 24 and radio stations such as BBC World Service and RFI.

He can be followed @franzjmarty on Twitter.

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A Dispatch from A Place Where Taliban Amnesty Holds. While revenge killings in Afghanistan are a serious issue in some places, in others, the Taliban's amnesty holds surprisingly well. But in such places former soldiers face other problems.

Long neglected, Afghan villagers look to outside world for aid

The Varying Results of Efforts to Rebuild Afghanistan

A Remote Corner of Afghanistan Offers a Peek Into the Future of the Country In Kamdesh, Nuristan, where U.S. forces withdrew more than a decade ago, the American presence is a distant – and negative – memory for many locals.

In Search of Illegal Arms Traffickers in Afghanistan — an insight into Afghanistan's black arms trade based on exclusive reporting from a smugglers' den at the Afghan-Pakistani border and an interview with an arms dealer.

Tilting at Windmills: Dubious US claims of targeting Chinese Uyghur militants in Badakhshan – an in-depth analysis of the presence of a small number of Uyghur fighters in Afghan Badakhshan and the fact that they, contrary to US allegations, do not pose any cross-border threat

The Curious Case of Chinese Troops on Afghan Soil — Reporting on overwhelming evidence of patrols with Chinese participation in a very remote corner of Afghanistan and setting denials into context.

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