Daily Evacuation Brief | July 2, 2023
LAST 24 HOURS
ANOTHER PAKISTANI RAID NEAR THE BORDER KILLS 6 – Pakistani Army forces launched another round of raids in the Tank and North Waziristan Districts on Friday and both resulted in sizeable gun battles with militants. The clashes resulted in a total of 6 militants killed but did not say which organizations they were from and how many were killed in each engagement. Both operations were conducted close to the border with Afghanistan and weapons and ammunition that was recovered are thought to have originated from within Afghanistan.
US PRESIDENT’S REMARKS HAILED BY TALIBAN AS ‘REDEMPTIVE’ – Most Afghanistan observers expected the press to lambast President Biden for the controversial remarks he made upon receiving questions about the recent State Department report. In a comment made ‘off the cuff’, he claimed that Al Qaeda was no longer present in Afghanistan. Critics immediately jumped on the comments and dredged up recent analysis from the United Nations and other agencies that allege Al Qaeda not only continues to operate in Afghanistan but in an unfettered capacity. However, the Taliban also seized on the comments and used them to make a case that it was fulfilling its international obligations with regard to terrorism and ought to be credited for its actions. It's not clear what actions they may be referring to, as the regime recently appointed several Al Qaeda leaders to senior leadership positions.
JUNE WAS ANOTHER BLOODY MONTH FOR PAKISTAN – Analysis of terrorist actions carried out by the TTP in June reveals that nearly 160 soldiers were killed and/or wounded during the month. While the casualties incurred in May were slightly higher (206 killed/wounded), the latest figures are not being taken as a sign that the rest of 2023 will be less violent. However, the ongoing relocation of suspected TTP sympathizers from areas adjacent to the Durand Line could have an impact on the organization’s viability over the rest of the year and casualties may continue to fall. A bright spot in Pakistan’s war against terror has been its success in targeting senior TTP Commanders recently. Intelligence gathering operations have successfully produced timely and actionable information which has allowed counter-terrorism forces to deal with leaders of the terror group much more effectively. While it is not publicly discussed, there are suspicions that the Taliban in Afghanistan may be cooperating with Pakistan on at least a limited basis. It's no secret that the TTP has become a bit of a thorn in the side of Kabul as it seeks to increase trade and economic cooperation with its neighbor to the East.
NEXT 24 HOURS
NO THREATS REPORTED
Hardliner Imams double down on the Hijab issue as the regime is either unwilling or incapable of enforcing the law over the course of 2022.
A moderate crowd of protestors demonstrated in front of the Swedish Embassy in Tehran on Friday over the burning of a Quran in Stockholm, Sweden.
In a jab presumably aimed at the US, Russia announced that Iran would be admitted to the SCO on 4 July.
Pakistan exchanged lists of detained prisoners with India as talk of an upcoming ‘exchange’ continues to surface, despite tensions between the two countries.
Refugee-centric NGOs in Europe are seeing an increase in illegal migrants over the past two weeks and attribute the increase to fears that Europe may adopt stricter entrance measures in the wake of the Greek boat tragedy. Pakistani citizens were said to comprise the largest contingent from Asian countries.
A new report says that drug addiction has risen sharply among the youth in Pakistan and poor economic conditions are a major contributing factor.
By Roya Rahmani - The Atlantic Council
While the regime stays in power, concrete steps have to be taken within the current context to counteract urgent security threats, provide critical aid, get children back in schools after a year-and-a-half gap, and address other imminent issues. Recycling policies from 1996 will not work. After twenty years of societal transformation, Afghanistan is a fundamentally different place.
By AMU TV
The Institute for the Study of War said in a report this week that the Taliban government is unlikely to change its policies toward harboring foreign fighters in…
Afghan diplomat Suraya Azizi has expressed concerns about the persistent poverty in Afghanistan during a United Nations human rights meeting…
By Wida Qalandari - Pajhwok Afghan News
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By Harsh Behere - The Diplomat
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By Kurdistan 24
He said that Kurds have lived in areas comprising of present-day Afghanistan long before the establishment of its modern…
INTERNATIONAL NEWS RELATING TO AFGHANISTAN
By Aasma Day - iNews UK
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By Siyar Sirat - AMU TV
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THE DAILY WTF
By The New Arab
Afghanistan's Taliban government on Saturday seized on an off-the-cuff remark by US President Joe Biden to underscore their…
Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 86.04 AFN (as of 2 JUL 2023)