Franz J. Marty

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Kabul, Afghanistan


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Franz J. Marty

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 and conducts embedded and unembedded reporting from across Afghanistan. Past examples include interviews with active insurgents in remote areas outside of government-control and an embed with the elite Afghan Commandos during a night operation in a Taliban-held village. 

His articles have been published by, amongst others, Foreign Policy, The Diplomat, The National Interest, IHS Jane’s, The Jamestown Foundation,  The Central Asia - Caucasus Analyst, TRAC (Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium), The Small Wars Journal, The Afghanistan Analysts Network, and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (for a selection of examples see: https://paydesk.co/journalist/franz.j.marty). He has also done live hits for tv channels such as CNN and France 24 and radio stations such as BBC World Service and RFI.

He can be followed @franzjmarty on Twitter.

SKILLS


A profile of Uyghur extremist Islamist Haji Furqan, the main commander of foreign fighters in Afghan Badakhshan haunting China – although the latter is rather due to Chinese paranoia than Furqan being a significant threat. The profile exclusively includes the apparently only clear picture of Furqan.


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https://www.afghanistan-analysts.org/tilting-at-windmills-dubious-us-claims-of-targeting-chinese-uyghur-militants-in-badakhshan/

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


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https://www.afghanistan-analysts.org/expanding-afghanistans-special-operations-forces-doubling-their-success-or-further-diluting-their-mission/

Expanding Afghanistan's Special Operations Forces: Doubling Their Success or Further Diluting Their Mission? A comprehensive analysis of the expansion of the Afghan National Army Special Operations Command (ANASOC) for the renowned Afghanistan Analysts Network.


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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.


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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.


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http://www.cacianalyst.org/publications/analytical-articles/item/13424-the-curious-case-of-chinese-troops-on-afghan-soil.html

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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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.


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http://smallwarsjournal.com/printpdf/43903

No COIN Left in Afghanistan - A report about the lack of counter-intersurgency strategy within the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces.


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On the Trail of the Islamic State in Afghanistan - An unembedded reporting from Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar, hunting for the (back then) scarce information on the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Afghanistan.


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Speaking to an Afghan Disciple of the Caliphate, An Interview with a Commander of the Self-Declared Islamic State in Afghanistan


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