Daily Evacuation Brief | August 7, 2022
LAST 24 HOURS
A second bomb attack took place near the Poli-Sukhta area of western Kabul (Police District 6), a predominantly Hazara neighborhood near the same site as yesterday’s bomb attack. Sources indicate a car bomb was detonated killing several people and wounding many others. Local hospitals reportedly took in over twenty people who had been injured in the blast, and several conflicting reports concerning the number killed are circulating. While no group has claimed responsiblity, the proximity of the blast to the earlier ISIS-K attack suggests this may be part of a coordinated campaign to target Shiite groups and sow discord among citizens.
Two tribal elders, Malek Jameel and Mawlawi Mohammad Qayyum, were reportedly murdered by unknown gunmen in Nangarhar province (Momand Dara district and Chaparhar district respectively) on Friday. No motive has been identified, no group has yet claimed responsibilty for the murders, and it is unclear if the attacks are related. Jameel’s murder provoked protests that led to a temporary closing of the Torkham-Jalalabad highway.
In the wake of the recent drone attacks, the Taliban have once again called upon the US to recognize the IEA as the legitimate government of Afghanistan. Our analysis indicates that the call will fall on deaf ears; even if there was some information sharing between the US and the Taliban that led to the targeting of the al-Qaeda leader, the US does not appear inclined to grant recognition until questions about girls’ schooling and an inclusive government have been resolved. It is likely the US will use negotiations over the frozen assets to coax the Taliban into honoring its Doha commitments in a phased approach.
NEXT 24 HOURS
A source within the palace in Kabul says that the Taliban are bracing for an expected third ISIS-K attack. The source claims that despite several searches for the two reputed ISIS-K teams’ possible hideouts, the teams are still believed still to be in Kabul and no arrests have been made. An unidentified minister claims to have received a direct threat from a purported ISIS-K operative, and additional security has been dispatched to three prominent minister’s homes as of Friday afternoon. No further information was available.
If the information about the second drone strike in Ghazni is true, it may signal the beginning of a limited drone campaign by the US to attempt to disrupt al-Qaeda and/or ISIS-K over the coming days. It is probable that significant intelligence was gathered in the wake of the strike on al-Zawahiri that may lead to the targeting of additional terrorists in the country.
“A Constant State of Fear”: An Afghan Human Rights Defender Describes Her Life Under Taliban Rule
By Freedom House
In the interview below, Freedom House spoke with an Afghan human rights defender to get a sense of life under the de facto Taliban regime, specifically for Afghan women.
3 People Die in Blast on Second Day of Attacks in Kabul
By TOLO News
Three people were killed and seven others were injured in a blast on Saturday evening in Kabul's Pol-e-Sukhta area, according to
Unknown Gunmen Kill Tribal Elder in Eastern Afghanistan
By Saqalain Eqbal – Khaama Press
The tribal elder was reportedly shot and killed on Friday, August 6, according to reports by…
Afghans Call for Better Security on Day of Ashura
By TOLO News
As the Day of Ashura approaches, citizens expressed concerns about security for the ceremonies to be held across Kabul and in the…
Another drone fires missiles in Afghanistan days after Al-Qaeda chief's killing in US mission
Days after a US drone strike killed Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul, another drone fired missiles in…
12 Afghan Prisoners Released by UAE Return Home
By Saqalain Eqbal – Khaama Press
According to the Taliban authorities, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reportedly pardoned 12 Afghan nationals, releasing them…
Former Afghan VP Saleh blames Pak agencies for 2 assassination attempts on him
Afghanistan’s former Vice President Amrullah Saleh on Saturday blamed Pakistani agencies for being involved in at least two…
INTERNATIONAL NEWS RELATING TO AFGHANISTAN
Arts.21 - How women save Afghanistan's film scene
By Deutsche Welle
A year after the Taliban took power in Afghanistan, the future of cinema might have seemed…
THE DAILY WTF
Biden Claims On Killing al-Zawahiri in Kabul is Lie
By Bakhtar News Agency
…but the officials of the Islamic Emirate say that the leader of Al-Qaeda is not in Afghanistan and he was not killed in Kabul.
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