Daily Evacuation Brief | December 21, 2023
LAST 24 HOURS
BALUCH NATIONAL ARMY LEADER SURRENDERS WITH 70 OF HIS FOLLOWERS IN QUETTA, PAKISTAN – Sarfraz Bungulzai (aka Mureed Baluch) appeared before the press yesterday to announce that he and approximately 70 of his followers were abandoning their two-year struggle for independence. Bungulzai led the Baluch National Army after the previous leader was arrested by Pakistani intelligence agents earlier in 2023. The BNA sought to target Pakistani security forces since forming in January of 2022 and has been implicated in several deadly attacks in Balochistan. Bungulzai expressed remorse over his involvement in the group and claimed that he had taken the decision to lay down his arms after learning that foreign support was being supplied to the group and also claimed that India had offered support over the previous two years. Bungulzai urged other separatist groups to lay down their arms and said that the ‘State’ was not the enemy but foreign intelligence services were using them for their own gains.
TURKISH ISLAMIC ‘SCHOLARS’ VISIT KABUL – A visiting delegation of reputed Turkish ‘scholars’ arrived in Kabul and met with the Minister of the Interior, Sirajuddin Haqqani. While not much is known about the discussions, the Taliban sought to use the visit as another opportunity to impress the international community with the steps the Taliban has taken to achieve Islamic rule. However, as has been witnessed in past visits, the delegation may offer a different view of the discussions.
TEENAGER IN THE US ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTING TO JOIN ISIS-K – Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Hamzar Mashkoor while attempting to board an international flight in the US city of Denver. The youth told investigators that his family was from Afghanistan but that he was born in the US and wanted to return to Afghanistan to stay with family in Nangarhar. Originally, Mashkoor said he supported the Taliban but switched allegiance to ISIS after seeing the Kabul airport bombing in 2021. He was arrested on 18 December and is currently in custody with federal officials.
RUSSIA DOING ‘DAMAGE CONTROL’ AFTER REMARKS ABOUT TALIBAN AND SECURITY – A meeting between the Taliban’s Foreign Minister and Russia’s envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov focused on mending fences after recent remarks have stirred up animosity among some senior Taliban figures against Russia. Russian diplomats and military leaders in neighboring countries have recently called the Taliban’s border security efforts into question and announced a series of regional security cooperation operations that will be held in 2024 to prevent terrorism and tackle drug trafficking from Afghanistan. The meeting in Kabul appears to have been scheduled to calm the Taliban and Russia’s envoy resorted to blaming the US for Afghanistan’s lack of recognition and access to financial reserves.
NEXT 24 HOURS
NO THREATS REPORTED
British court convicts Austrian citizen on terrorism charges for helping to plan an attack against an independent Iranian TV station in London.
Sara Massoumi, a journalist was sentenced to a six-month prison stint and banned from working in the media field for two years after she had posted a tweet that was critical of the regime’s crackdown on the press.
The regime is suspected of hanging a woman on Wednesday who had been convicted of murdering her husband. Samira Sabzian was married to her husband at age 15 and claimed to have been physically abused by her deceased spouse.
Counter-terrorism units reportedly conducted searches for foreigners in the Tarnol area of Islamabad. It was unclear if any Afghans were rounded up but the searches did uncover a trove of stolen vehicles, narcotics, and electronic devices.
2 Policemen were wounded when a blast at the former Chief Justice of Pakistan’s Lahore residence took place in the garage on Wednesday. It was not immediately clear if the blast was intentional or an accident.
A 10kg bomb was defused after being discovered in the middle of a road in the Kohi Bhara, Dera Ismail Khan area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It is not known who may have planted the explosives.
By Zia Ur Rehman - Deutsche Welle
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By Fidel Rahmati - Khaama Press
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By TOLO News
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By Abubakar Siddique - RFE
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By S. Muddasir Ali Shah - Pajhwok Afghan News
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By Siyar Sirat - AMU TV
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS RELATING TO AFGHANISTAN
By Ayaz Gul - VOA
The United States has again denied leaving any weapons in Afghanistan during the American military’s withdrawal from the country in…
By Ariana News
UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Roza Otunbayeva briefed the United Nations Security Council on…
THE DAILY WTF
By Hadia Ziaei - TOLO News
The Islamic Emirate considers the UN members' decision to not hand over the Afghanistan seat at the United Nations to its ambassador…
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Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 69.96 AFN (as of 21 DEC 2023)