Daily Evacuation Brief | February 28, 2022
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LAST 24 HOURS:
Taliban officials stated that evacuations from Afghanistan would no longer be carried out and gave the excuse that ‘situations abroad’ must improve for refugees before they would allow additional flights to be planned. Diplomatic sources in Kabul stated the proclamation had more to do with stalled international recognition efforts than conditions for Afghan refugees abroad. Effectively, evacuees are being used as bargaining chips to secure international recognition of the new regime.
Chaman ate has reopened on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border for normal traffic.
Most countries will not process a visa application if an Afghan national is using a service (government employee) or diplomatic passport.
Taliban security at the airport in Kabul may now include doctors who will be inspecting the authenticity of medical visas issued to travelers. As of this printing, only Kabul International Airport is thought to have this capability.
NEXT 24 HOURS:
Districts 10, 11, 15, and 17 will be the focus of searches by security forces, who are reportedly looking for Tajiks.
Security forces are expected to continue searches in Kabul. As of this printing, we do not yet have details on the districts that will be targeted. At-risk Afghans are advised to limit travel and to ensure all documents and cell phone communications are secured.
Afghan and Pakistan officials are expected to meet at the Torkham Gate crossing to discuss security issues along the border and an expansion of economic trade between the countries. Security is expected to be heavy, and the talks are an obvious target for groups like ISIS-K or the TTP. Afghans are advised to avoid the area if possible.
ANALYSIS SPOTLIGHT: THREAT TOOL 1
As a part of our ongoing efforts to provide at-risk Afghans with pertinent and security related information, we at the Afghan Digest will periodically post tools, documents, and information which can assist with situational awareness.
The people at Mapping Insurgencies have developed a near real-time database that maps updated Taliban Security checkpoints. Currently, they only provide locations in and around Kabul but hope to expand their efforts as vetted information is supplied. The map is curated, and checkpoint locations are updated periodically. Be advised the information may be delayed or inaccurate at times, but it is a valuable resource for those in Kabul who may feel the need to avoid checkpoints.
The map can be accessed for free at: MapHub.net Afghanistan
Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 91.53 AFN (as of 28 FEB 2022)
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By TOLO News
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Afghan-Pak Chaman crossing reopens after four days
By Najibullah Lalzoy – Khaama Press
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International News Relating to Afghanistan
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By Khaama Press
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Galway community welcomes 10 Afghan citizens into their homes
By Ellen O’Donoghue – The Irish Times
After watching Kabul fall to the Taliban in August, a Galway community was determined to do something to…
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Taliban Defend Door-to-door Searches in Kabul, Bar Future Evacuations of Afghans
By Ayaz Gul – VOA
The Taliban Sunday defended a controversial widespread house-to-house search operation in and around…
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