Daily Evacuation Brief | July 29, 2022
LAST 24 HOURS
After a lull in the action, Resistance forces and the Taliban have recommenced combat operations in Panjshir. Two medium-sized engagements have been reported so far. Taliban forces have redeployed with high-speed troop convoys racing along the roads in the province. Several small engagements have been reported near the sites of formerly reported Taliban checkpoints along the main roads in the province. Sources close to the Resistance claim the Taliban waited until the security conference in Uzbekistan had concluded before escalating the fighting in the province.
Rebel Hazara Taliban Commander Maulvi Mehdi Mujahid’s forces are said to have taken up positions surrounding Balkhab in Sar-e-Pol province. It is not clear what his intentions are as conflicting reports from sources say he may rejoin the Taliban, while others say he plans to attack the remnants of the Taliban units stationed in Balkhab. No further information was available.
People in Samangan province have begun reporting that their cell phones are now being scrutinized by the Taliban security forces when they are stopped on the street or are having their homes searched. The activity is prevalent in Aybak but is said to be spreading to other cities and towns. At-risk Afghans are encouraged to sanitize their electronic communications regularly.
NEXT 24 HOURS
With the significant concentration of Maulvi Mehdi’s forces in Sar-e-Pol province, there is potential for violence in the coming days. Mehdi’s intentions are currently unclear, and he is thought to have rallied between 1,000 to 2,000 of his former fighters. Taliban sources claim the Taliban garrison in Balkhab is aware of the troop buildup in the mountains but have not taken any actions to increase their troop strength at this point. Several calls to the Ministry of Defense have been made, but we are unaware of the nature of the calls.
By John Simpson – The New Statesman
It was the most shameful capitulation of its kind in my lifetime. Worse than Dien Bien Phu in May 1954. Worse than Phnom Penh in April 1975; worse than Saigon, only 13 days later. Unlike those other military defeats, where governments and armies were out-thought and out-fought, the fall of Kabul was an entirely unforced error.
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