Daily Evacuation Brief | August 13, 2022
LAST 24 HOURS
Rumors are spreading that the Taliban intend to establish several prisons for those suspected of belonging to the LGBT community. Kabul, Herat, Balkh, and Baghlan are the early candidates for the new detainment centers. The initiative is said to have originated in the Ministry of Vice and Virtue. These allegations have yet to be confirmed.
Severe flooding has wreaked havoc in southern and eastern Afghanistan with several primary roads blocked due to rushing waters. Agricultural projects in these districts, already decimated by previous rains, are expected to be further impacted and will create food security issues this winter.
The Taliban have changed the name of the American University of Afghanistan to the International Islamic Afghan University. The campus remains heavily guarded, and students have not been witnessed entering the facility. In early 2022, ominous rumors were circulating that TIM (formerly ETIM) and other terrorist groups were using AUAF’s facilities to attempt to develop blood agents and other chemical and biological weapons; these rumors have not been renewed.
Uzbekistan and Tajikistan have signed a security cooperation agreement that would allow Uzbek advisors to train Tajik military units. The agreement is unprecedented in the history of either country, and some Central Asia analysts believe the strengthening of ties demonstrates a shared concern for instability within Afghanistan.
Sources are saying that a new provisional wing of the TTP is forming in South Waziristan. The group is based in Wadi Shikai, and Shahidullah is reputed to have been named the Commander. Source states the impetus for formation of the new militia was the recent killing of several high ranking TTP leaders in Afghanistan and that Pakistan Intelligence is aware of the group and may be supporting it with weapons and ammunition.
NEXT 24 HOURS
No emerging threats have been reported as of publication time.
Will the Taliban’s Coming Split Lead to Civil War?
By Akram Umarov – The National Interest
The ease with which the Taliban was able to remove the government of Ashraf Ghani from power created an illusion about the group’s power, consolidation, and readiness to take full control of the country. The international community expected the Taliban to stabilize Afghanistan and put the entire country under reliable control in order to establish sole power and eliminate security challenges such as terrorism and drug trafficking. However, the U.S. strike on Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri raises questions about the credibility and honesty of the movement. In the eleven months since the Taliban came to power, the group has faced a number of serious internal problems, including increased factional clashes over engagement with foreign partners, the rise of Pashtun nationalism and the exit of ethnic minorities from the movement, and its inability to stabilize the state administration system.
Afghan resistance leader Ahmad Massoud: There is ‘no other option’ but to fight on against the Taliban
By The Atlantic Council
One year after his country fell to the Taliban, Ahmad Massoud isn’t giving up his fight.
MoHE Forms Directorate of Academic Curriculum
By TOLO News
The Ministry of Higher Education said that the leader of the Islamic Emirate has created the “directorate of academic curriculum” in the…
By The News
The recent reports coming in from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa about the regrouping and rise of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Swat are…
Military Exercises in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Illustrate Regional Cooperation and Concerns
By Catherine Putz - The Diplomat
A Tajik-Uzbek joint military exercise concluded in Uzbekistan just as a U.S.-organized regional military exercise kicked off in…
A year after the Taliban’s return: neighbouring countries fear radical Islam
By Vladimir Rozanskij – PIME Asia News
In neighbouring Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan, but also Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, the authorities are…
INTERNATIONAL NEWS RELATING TO AFGHANISTAN
Talk to the Taliban—But Don’t Trust Them
By Graeme Smith & Ibraheem Bahiss – Foreign Affairs
A chilling fact could get lost in the heated news coverage about the killing of al Qaeda’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri: the firebrand…
Russia: US Presented No Evidence So Far That Al-Qaeda Leader Was Killed in Kabul
By FARS News
"We do not undertake to confirm the reliability of US statements about the elimination of the Al-Qaeda chief in Kabul in a…”
THE DAILY WTF
Afghanistan: Taliban attack reporter and crew during live broadcast
By Intnl Federation of Journalists
Armed Taliban militants assaulted and intimidated members of an Al-Hadath TV crew during a live broadcast in Kabul on August…
Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 89.89 AFN (as of 13 AUG 2022)