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Daily Evacuation Brief | February 10, 2022
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LAST 24 HOURS:
Meetings continued in Geneva between the Taliban and members of the international community. The main focus was on humanitarian aid, although several backroom discussions were held to press for the highly desired international recognition.
French President Emmanuel Macron met separately with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. He announced that a path to deescalate the Ukraine crisis was possible, but would take months. In the meantime, Russian warships were ordered to the Black Sea. All involved parties will be watching closely as Russia begins military training near the Ukrainian border on Thursday. Training is scheduled for 10 days and may be used as cover for a strike.
NEXT 24 HOURS:
Although we have no reports of additional threats within Afghanistan, the crackdown on potential evacuees appears to be ongoing based on the observed activity in Mazar and Kabul.
European leaders are expected to hold additional talks on the Ukraine situation.
Cracking the Door Open
CONTEXT: On 2 February, the US Treasury Department updated their online FAQs with line item 958 (Counter Terrorism Sanctions). The line item now permits the transfer of funds/aid to the Taliban and Haqqani Network under the auspices of Humanitarian License (General Licenses 14, 19). We could find no evidence that an official announcement about the policy change has been made.
Although on the surface this simply seems like a reaction to the reality on the ground and a step toward more easily facilitating the transfer aid, in the longer term it could impact discussions on the Taliban’s legitimacy. Taken in conjunction with recent remarks made by the US CENTCOM Commander, it appears the US government is inching towards eventual recognition of the Taliban. It is not possible for the US government to have failed to notice the uptick in ISIS recruits reportedly heading to the country. The government may be easing restrictions to prepare for a fight.
ANALYSIS: In the near term, the move lends credence to the Taliban’s call for recognition as the legitimate government of Afghanistan and will be referenced in discussions at the UN and elsewhere. It may have a detrimental effect on hardline negotiations concerning respect for human rights, gender equality, religious freedoms, et al.
Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 93.41 AFN (as of 10 FEB 2022)
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