Daily Evacuation Brief | January 16, 2024
LAST 24 HOURS
TALIBAN COLLECTING INFORMATION ON FEMALE HEALTH WORKERS – Taliban authorities are collecting information from private hospitals and clinics about their female staff members. The information requested appears to concern the employee’s family and includes data that is suspicious (occupation, address, social media profile, etc.). It is not clear what has prompted this latest drive for data but some are concerned the Taliban may be considering closing private health care facilities in the future.
BOWING TO PRESSURE FROM CITIZENS, TALIBAN TO OPEN TWO ADDITIONAL PASSPORT OFFICES IN KABUL – After no small amount of embarrassment over the media coverage of thousands of Afghans trying to get passports from the troubled passport directorate, the Taliban says it plans to open two new distribution offices in Kabul. It is not clear when or where the new offices will be located and it is important to note that the Taliban has given such assurances before and then never followed through.
WOMEN REPORT BEING TURNED AWAY BY POLICE WHEN REPORTING CRIMES – The idiocy of the Taliban appears to have no end. Several women have reported that they were turned away by Taliban police for attempting to make a complaint directly. In each case, the Police told them they must make the complaint through a male member of the family.
RECIPIENTS OF FOOD AID IN HAZARA COMMUNITIES COMPLAIN ABOUT QUALITY OF FOOD – Leaders in the Hazara communities that have received humanitarian shipments of food say that the food distributed is often of poor quality or has long expired. Despite repeated complaints, these communities reportedly continue to receive food items that are sometimes years past their safe shelf life date. Several reports have emerged after major disaster incidents about Taliban corruption influencing relief efforts. Many videos and photos have been shared that show aid being transported to markets and sold. Ethnic and Shiite enclaves seem to be targeted most frequently by the scam.
NEXT 24 HOURS
NO THREATS REPORTED
IRGC units launched ballistic missiles into Iraq and Syria yesterday and said they were targeting Israeli intelligence bases. The strike in Iraq was close to the US consulate in Erbil but no damage or casualties were reported by US authorities. 4 civilians were reportedly killed and 6 others were injured.
The Revolutionary Court has added 15 months to the sentence of Nobel laureate, Narges Mohammadi’s prison term for ‘spreading propaganda’ against the regime.
2 US sailors missing after a vessel carrying Iranian missile parts boarded off the Somali coast. The 2 men were reported missing last Thursday and are presumed lost.
In a bid to provide relief from inflation, Islamabad has reduced the price of gasoline fuel for the next 14 days. Diesel prices will not be cut.
Former PM Imran Khan has refused to sign a contempt indictment issued by the Chief Election Commission over remarks he and his party leaders made against the Election Commission.
Based on data from the latest census, the number of young voters (18-35) has increased by over 10 million since the 2018 election season. In many Districts, young voters make up over 50% of the electorate.
By Sophie Schmidt - Rest of World
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS RELATING TO AFGHANISTAN
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THE DAILY WTF
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Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 71.00 AFN (as of 16 JAN 2024)