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Daily Evacuation Brief | July 2, 2022
LAST 24 HOURS
The ongoing Loya Jirga dominated reporting as Supreme Leader Hibatullah Akhundzada is said to have made an appearance. His speech was sweeping, largely focusing on expressing disgruntlement with continued international interference in Afghanistan, and broadcast across Afghanistan on national radio. There has been much debate over whether he truly attended the event or if it was a fake recorded message as rumors continue to swirl that he was actually killed some time ago.
Power transmission lines to Kandahar are said to have been repaired, and residents were told to expect fewer outages.
It appears another attempt was made to disrupt the Loya Jirga over the last 24 hours. More information on the attack is included in the Conflict Tracker below. Details are scant currently, and we will publish a full account when the situation is clearer.
Several engagements were reported throughout northern Afghanistan. We refer readers to the Conflict Tracker to catch up on the latest updates to the security situation.
Pakistan reported another attack on its military forces in North Waziristan. 1 Pakistani soldier was killed and another injured. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Although there are no direct ties to Afghans at this point, some previous attacks on security forces in the region were carried out by Afghans and the attack may heighten tensions.
NEXT 24 HOURS
The Loya Jirga was originally expected to conclude on July 2, but now may be extended for several days. ISIS-K is rumored to be planning an action against the event, and at-risk Afghans are encouraged to avoid any security checkpoints near the perimeter of the assembly.
By Lynne O’Donnell – Foreign Policy
Religion has long been a weapon in Afghanistan, where it’s hard to argue against fanatics who believe they’re on a mission from God. Sources close to the Taliban say the movement is dominated by a handful of senior figures who think just that. They’re blocking efforts at political reform that could end Afghanistan’s misery and international isolation.
By Secunder Kermani – BBC News
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By Banafsha Binesh – TOLO News
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By Eleanor Burnhill – RTE
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By Hijratullah Kakar – Pajhwok Afghan News
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS RELATING TO AFGHANISTAN
By Riyaz ul Khaliq – Anadolu Agency
Top officials from Afghanistan and the US held a two-day meeting to discuss the possible unblocking of foreign reserves in the…
Upon the request of the European Union, the Human Rights Council holds today an Urgent Debate on the situation of women and girls in Afghanistan, which has seen a…
THE DAILY WTF
By TOLO News
Two days of meetings have now passed since the start of the gathering of Islamic clerics, and so far only two of the participants have called on the…
Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 87.70 AFN (as of 02 JUL 2022)