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Daily Evacuation Brief | January 30, 2022
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LAST 24 HOURS:
· The Taliban claims they have now launched a probe into the disappearance of two prominent female activists who were abducted from their homes after attending public protests against the Taliban. Few believe the investigation is legitimate and will hold anyone accountable.
· The Taliban met with Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Mooed Yusuf in Kabul to discuss “economic and humanitarian issues.” However, Taliban opposition to the construction of the Durand Line border fence and bilateral concerns over ISIS-K are thought to be the real focus of the meetings.
· Last night, the Taliban set fire to the house of General Naqibullah, a former member of the House of Representatives, and his brother, the former district police chief, in Laghman province.
· The United States has begun ramping up evacuation efforts from Afghanistan. Although it is widely reported as a large-scale resumption of evacuation flights, the criteria announced for evacuation is extremely limited due to strict immigration requirements. American citizens, green card holders, and SIVs will be the primary focus of evacuation efforts. While these limitations remain in place, planes chartered by the US Department of State will likely be leaving without being filled fully. This was already demonstrated by the State Department’s flight earlier this week which had many empty seats. Afghans waiting for assistance would be wise to temper their expectations.
NEXT 24 HOURS:
· ISIS-K is purportedly planning a sticky bomb attack in Herat using a civilian vehicle.
The New Taliban / A Duality Befitting Janus
CONTEXT: What the Taliban “says” to potential benefactors and what the Taliban “does” to the people in Afghanistan are vastly different. The promises pedaled to foreign leaders, the UN, and international NGOs do not represent the reality on the ground.
DISCUSSION: Nearly every government involved in the Afghanistan crisis believes aid must find its way to Afghanistan as quickly as possible in order to alleviate the ongoing humanitarian crisis. While there have been assurances the aid will be controlled and parsed out under the watchful eyes of international observers or trusted NGOs, no one has mentioned what the red line will be if the promises made by the Taliban are not kept. Is there a private multilateral consensus about what inaction/action would halt aid? Or will aid be provided to alleviate suffering regardless of the conditions on the ground? The situation is a Catch-22. This should not prevent robust discussion.
ANALYSIS: Currently, individual states, regional bodies, and the UN do not appear to be on the same page when it comes to what transgressions might trigger a suspension of aid. In several cases, pledges for aid have been made bilaterally and are not subject to any international agreement. The UN appears to be operating under its own internal directives, and its plans and commitments may vary significantly from that of NATO, the US, and other donor states. At best, there is only a general idea of what the Taliban must do to continue the flow of funds, food, and commodities.
CONCLUSION: The current aimless trajectory will permit the proliferation of serious human rights abuses and deepen the sense of a lack of accountability. Without a clearly spelled out mechanism, such as a binding UN resolution, the Taliban will be allowed to operate freely. Furthermore, states who go against common practice and deliver aid with no strings attached will be able to without repercussions.
Afghani to the Dollar: .0097 – 1 (as of 30 JAN 2022)
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