Daily Evacuation Brief | August 22, 2022
LAST 24 HOURS
Taliban Supreme Leader Hibatullah Akhundzada has appointed Abdul Qayyum Zakir as the new special commander for Taliban forces in Panjshir and Andarab. There are longstanding reports of the Kandahari Taliban leadership’s unhappiness with the lack of progress against Resistance factions in the North, and the NRF’s recent successes appear to have spurred the Supreme Leader to take a more proactive role. Commander Zakir is considered to be one of the Taliban’s more capable leaders, having joined in 1997 and held several leadership roles since then.
The Ministry of Education and Ministry of Justice jointly announced the formation of 17 Sharia law faculties in universities across the country. Sharia law is expected to supplant the justice system reforms that have been made over the previous two decades.
In a potential precursor to a national policy, the police chief for Daikundi province has warned police officers that they may face expulsion from the security forces if legitimate complaints about misconduct are levied against them. Since the Taliban took over, non-combatants have had to deal with a lack of accountability among Taliban security forces; hopefully, this reform is upheld and applied in additional provinces.
About 50 people are estimated to have died from flooding over the last 24 hours, although the exact figure will be further clarified as the districts that experienced the worst of the recent storms report the damage and casualties it has caused. In Logar province alone, 3,000 residences were destroyed and 20 Afghans were killed over the last 24 hours, including 9 children.
The Minister of Borders, Tribes, and Tribal Affairs went to Wakhan to meet with elders and hear the local population’s grievances. After the Taliban’s disagreement with Pakistan about the establishment of a trade corridor to China, the Wakhan region's prominence has increased given Kabul’s reputed concern that local leaders may have supported the Pakistan corridor as a means to generate badly needed income and trade.
NEXT 24 HOURS
With the new special military commander’s appointment in Panjshir, we assess there will be a short break in Taliban offensive maneuvers while the newly appointed commander evaluates the situation and forms a new strategy to confront the NRF. However, the NRF seems to have gained much-needed confidence from recent successes and will likely continue a limited objective campaign. Sources indicate that NRF planning has begun on a new coordinated attack that will build on lessons learned from the last major offensive. Fighting is expected over the next 24 hours but will primarily consist of localized light skirmishes.
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