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Daily Evacuation Brief | January 18, 2023
LAST 24 HOURS
TALIBAN RECOMMENCE PUBLIC PUNISHMENTS IN KANDAHAR PROVINCE – 9 Afghan men were publicly flogged in the sports stadium of Kandahar city yesterday. The men had been sentenced for adultery and theft. Several media outlets had reported the punishments included amputations (hands) but those reports seem to be in dispute at the moment. The public lashings are thought to be the first after a break of nearly fourteen days. Photos of the stadium showed it at near capacity.
RUMORS OF ANOTHER PURGE IN THE MILITARY – Senior officials in the Ministry of Defense have long expressed concern over a lack of discipline in the ranks. Virtually from the moment the Taliban took power, there have been expressions of concern that some among the security forces consistently act with malice towards citizens and most in the Taliban leadership have expressed outrage over the reported atrocities committed against both civilians and Resistance prisoners. On at least three occasions, the Taliban have publicly admitted to removing several thousand of their fighters. In a signal that another purge is in the works, Deputy Minister of Defense, Mullah Mohammad Fazel Mazloum, has ordered leaders within the security apparatus to identify those ‘abusers’ within the force.
TEACHERS AND STAFF IN NANGARHAR MUST OBSERVE NEW DRESS AND GROOMING RULES – Taliban education officials in Nangarhar have ordered all staff to grow beards and wear hats/turbans for prayers. Those who fail to observe the new standards will face immediate dismissal.
NEXT 24 HOURS
TEMPERATURES SHOULD NORMALIZE SOON – Most of the meteorological forecasts indicate that temperatures should warm up over the next few days and should bring a bit of respite to those who have been exposed to the cold. Rural roadways may be unpassable due to mud.
The American citizen who has been arrested in Iran has begun a 7-day hunger strike to gain awareness of his situation.
Several of the larger protest groups in Iran have asked the international community to name the IRGC as a terrorist organization in a jointly composed letter. The United Kingdom is expected to be the first to label the IRGC this week.
The Iranian military released details about its new military doctrine in the region. The strategy has been titled, “The Sea of Blood”. Presumably, in reference to naval actions, it would take in a future conflict.
The speaker of the National Assembly has reputedly accepted some of the PTI party MPs resignations.
The National Assembly passed a law allowing life sentences to be handed down for blasphemy.
After the murder of a noted lawyer (Afridi) in a Peshawar court, several law groups have gone on strike for upgraded security measures in courts.
By Corey Levine - Ottawa Citizen
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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 – 90.10 AFN (as of 18 JAN 2023)