Franz J. Marty is a freelance journalist, based in Kabul, Afghanistan, since December 2014. He covers a broad range of topics with a focus on security and military issues. His work includes embedded and unembedded reporting from Afghanistan’s provinces and interviews with insurgents. His articles have been published in, amongst others, Foreign Policy, IHS Jane’s, The Diplomat, The National Interest, The Small Wars Journal, The Central Asia - Caucasus Analyst, The Telegraph and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. He has also been interviewed via skype for radio programmes on stations such as BBC World Service and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) as well as for tv channels such as CBC and TRT. He can be followed @franzjmarty on twitter.
Afghanistan's Opium Trade: A Free Market of Racketeers - A report from a poppy field during opium harvest that shows that the opium trade at the Afghan farm-gate is, contrary to common perception, not in the iron grip of insurgents or cartels, but rather a loose open market in which numerous independent farmers and racketeers try to get their share of this profitable illicit trade.
Afghan Jihad Frozen in Time? A report from a visit to a still armed chapter of Hezb-i Islami in the remote Shigal valley in the eastern Afghan province of Kunar.
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.
Afghanistan's Anti-Taliban Vigilantes: Blessing or Curse? The problematic implications of armed civil uprisings in Afghanistan shown with reporting from the ground from vigilantes in the northeastern province of Badakhshan.
No COIN Left in Afghanistan - A report about the lack of counter-intersurgency strategy within the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces.
Do You Trust Afghanistan's Anti-ISIS Fighters? Based on an interview with a commander that displayed himself and his group as a local armed uprising against the so-called Islamic State, but is - according to other accounts - a Talib that only disguises himself to garner government support.