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Daily Evacuation Brief | February 22, 2023
LAST 24 HOURS
BLAST IN KABUL, NO CASUALTIES REPORTED – A magnetic mine damaged a vehicle in Police District 2 yesterday morning near the shrine of Abu Fazl. No casualties had been observed or reported as a result of the blast. It is not clear who may have triggered the explosive device and no group has claimed credit.
RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS HAVE DOUBLED IN CHILDREN – Medical professionals blame the severe winter weather and likely nutritional deficiencies brought on by the economic crisis for the problem. Hospitals are facing a lack of beds, pediatric specialists, and medicines to treat the ailment.
KAM AIR SAID IT PLANS TO RETRIEVE THE REMAINS OF THE 18 AFGHANS WHO DIED IN BULGARIA – The victims were discovered in a truck with scores of other Afghans in what authorities have called a ‘human smuggling’ operation gone awry.
TALIBAN WILL CREATE 27 NEW DISTRICTS – The new districts will be located in Helmand, Farah, Baghlan, Faryab, Sar-e-pul, Ghor, Badghis, Paktika, Zabul, Nuristan, and Kandahar. It has been rumored the additions serve no purpose other than to create employment for the Taliban loyalists.
TORKHAM GATE NEGOTIATIONS ONGOING, TRUCKS LINED UP FOR MILES – Local estimates say as many as 6,000 trucks are stacked up behind the border waiting for the crossing to be reopened. Negotiations continued but it was not clear what was holding an agreement up. Pakistani officials attempted to divert some of the cargo traffic to smaller border crossings but drivers feared taking the detour over fears of banditry along the roads.
NEXT 24 HOURS
TORKHAM GATE SECURITY CONCERNS TO LINGER – Even though negotiations have continued, local eyewitnesses say that border forces on the opposing sides have continued to make threatening and aggressive gestures at each other. A late report yesterday said an additional Pakistani checkpoint had been fired on in a neighboring Province but no proof was provided. Still, the crossing could easily devolve into violence. Exacerbating the tensions, many transport drivers who are facing significant losses as their loads of vegetables and perishables expire may choose to demonstrate and cause a commotion on either side of the border. Such actions have notably fomented cross-border altercations on three occasions in 2022. At-risk Afghans are once again advised to remain away from the area until traffic and border operations return to normal.
The currency hit another all-time low yesterday as concerns over inflation drove the Rial to its lowest point in history.
Scientists representing the regime downplay the recent announcements concerning the discovery of 84% pure uranium in Iran. They say it often occurs naturally at such purities.
A leaked document from the regime warned of looming civil unrest over food shortages. The letter was dated 5 February and predicted the country would face significant internal turmoil over the coming year.
The government announced that interest payments on external debt had jumped by 70% in the first part of 2023.
After modest gains, the rupee slid against the dollar.
While some terror arrests have been made since the commencement of the government crackdown, police continue to reign in street gangs and crime.
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Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 89.17 AFN (as of 26 FEB 2023)