Daily Evacuation Brief | August 6, 2022
LAST 24 HOURS
A powerful bomb hidden in a cart went off near a Shiite gathering in Kabul’s Sar-e-Karez neighborhood, killing 8 ans injuring 18. The attack appears to have targeted a largely Shiite and Hazara community as they were preparing for Ashura. ISIS-K claimed responsibility for the attack, which seems credible given their history of violence against Shiite communities. The incident may be linked to the Taliban’s recent clearing operation targeting an ISIS-K safe house in Kabul. Sources have claimed that two additional ISIS-K teams were thought to be operating in the city, and searches were reported across the city in the lead-up to the blast.
A dengue fever outbreak has been reported in Nangarhar with between 50 and 100 suspected cases since mid-June. So far, the outbreak has primarily affected women. The disease is spread by mosquitoes, and at-risk Afghans are encouraged to take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread of the disease. The World Health Organization is responding to the outbreak by distributing two thousand test kits and encouraging citizens to get tested if symptoms manifest.
Afghans across the country have been protesting the US’ recent drone drone strike targeting al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, saying the attack violated Afghanistan’s sovereignty. Reportedly, religious leaders appear to be encouraging their followers to take to the streets in a coordinated campaign to denounce the attack.
No clashes between the Taliban and Resistance forces have been reported over the last 24 hours. Sources in Kandahar report that rumors are circulating regarding talks taking place between the two groups. However, no supporting evidence has been provided to substantiate these claims.
NEXT 24 HOURS
An evacuation flight from Kabul to Qatar is scheduled to depart. Given the Taliban’s recent denunciations of the US’ drone strike on al-Zawahiri, the timing is odd and it is surprising that the flight remains scheduled.
We visited a Taliban leader's compound to examine his vision for Afghanistan
By Steve Inskeep – NPR
At the time we met Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid, many Afghans knew there had been an explosion in Kabul, but not what it was. If Yaqoob knew more, he wasn't saying. He acknowledged "an incident today" but said it wasn't serious. It was 24 hours later when the Taliban said their preliminary investigation confirmed a strike by "American drones."
Blast hits Afghanistan's capital Kabul – official
An explosion in a Shi'ite residential area in Afghanistan's capital city Kabul on Friday killed at least two people and left three…
Anti-U.S. protests erupt in Afghanistan
Hundreds of Afghans carried anti-American banners on Friday to protest against a U.S. drone strike that…
The Taliban’s Islamic order is already faltering as a lack of foreign aid blows hole in national budget
By Adam Hajek – Remix News
The flow of foreign humanitarian aid, which previously made up three-quarters of the budget, has stopped.
Relieved, Say Sikhs From Afghanistan As They Look For Fresh Start In India
By All India
Satpal Singh, 28, and his Afghan Sikh family heaved a sigh of relief after they arrived in India from Taliban-controlled Kabul, hoping to begin a…
Drug trafficking increases in Tajikistan after Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan, says Tajik drug control kingpin
In a report released at a news conference in Dushanbe, Director of the Drug Control Agency under the President of Tajikistan…
INTERNATIONAL NEWS RELATING TO AFGHANISTAN
US has spent nearly $800 million in Afghanistan since evacuation, special inspector general says
By Thomas Gnau – Stripes
Though U.S. military forces left Afghanistan nearly a year ago, the United States has still spent nearly $800 million there since…
FBI director ‘not surprised’ al Zawahri was in home of Haqqani Taliban leader
By Jerry Dunleavy – Washington Examiner
The White House has said Haqqani Taliban officials were aware of al Zawahiri’s presence in Afghanistan and that the Haqqanis had tried to cover up…
THE DAILY WTF
Recognition of IEA is in US’s own interest: acting defense minister
By Ariana News
Recognition of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) is in the United State’s own interest because the US has no other regime to deal with…
Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 90.49 AFN (as of 6 AUG 2022)