Daily Evacuation Brief | June 15, 2022
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LAST 24 HOURS
Fighting has been reported in Balkhab, a district of Sar-e-Pol, after Taliban troops launched operations to arrest Mullah Mahdi Mujahid, the former Taliban commander and Hazara leader who recently took over Balkhab. Rumors have been circulating that some Uzbek Taliban commanders have refused to join the Taliban’s operation, despite remaining loyal and committed to the Taliban. Another unsubstantiated report claims that rebellious Uzbek Taliban Commander Qari Salahuddin Ayoubi dispatched several hundred of his fighters to reinforce Mullah Mahdi's Hazara fighters in Balkhab. Few details of the unfolding situation are clear, but The Afghan Digest will share more complete information as it becomes available.
Some unverified reports claim that several Uzbek Taliban units have been disarmed in Faryab province.
Afghanistan is expected to take up a significant portion of the UN Human Rights Council’s agenda during their meetings in Geneva through July 8. Of particular interest will be the potential reinstatement of travel bans for senior Taliban leadership. Furthermore, several information briefings are planned to discuss the accusations of Taliban war crimes. The Taliban have reiterated their call to engage with the IEA, but many analysts believe these repeated calls are falling on deaf ears given the Taliban’s oppressive policies toward women and lack of a road map to establish an inclusive government.
Russia has floated the idea of recognizing the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan. The announcement comes a week after Russia said it would make sizable economic investments in the country.
NEXT 24 HOURS
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ envoy in Afghanistan is expected to begin touring neighboring countries to discuss the plight of refugees and she is expected to face heavy criticism from refugee communities for what is perceived to be a lack of progress on their cases. Afghan refugees in Pakistan have been protesting in front of UNHCR offices for months.
It is possible that combat operations will commence in Sar-e-Pul province between the Taliban and the breakaway Uzbek factions. As the Uzbek forces are barricaded in cities and towns, the potential for non-combatants being caught up in the fighting is considered extremely high.
By Khadim Hussain – Dawn
NEWS from Kabul regarding peace talks facilitated by the Afghan Taliban between the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and a state-backed jirga is of ‘positive developments’. The perception that we may be moving towards the restoration of peace has been reinforced by the announcement of an ‘indefinite’ ceasefire by the TTP. The question is whether these talks will bear fruit in the form of a permanent cessation of terror attacks on Pakistani citizens, interests and installations.
Investors Claim Ex-Gov’t Owes 60B Afghanis, Urging Taliban for Solution
By Arif Ahmadi – Khaama Press
The Afghanistan Commercial Companies and Investors Union claims that the former government owes 60 billion afghanis to…
Officials Say Khost Forest Fire is Out, Locals Say It Continues
By Hadia Ziaei – TOLO News
"According to initial information, the fire was put out with the help of the people and departments in the provinces, as well as other…
Kabul Struggling with High Fuel Prices, Municipality Imposes Price Cap
By Amina Hakimi – TOLO News
The price of fuel, and also the price of taxi fares, have surged, causing a strain for many who are struggling to make ends meet amid an…
Message to Taliban must be firm
By Deccan Herald News
India’s engagement with Afghanistan's Taliban regime has reached an important…
Iran talks with Taliban for resuming Khaf-Herat railway
CEO of Iran's Railways in the meeting that was held in Tehran, welcomed expansion of cooperation with Afghanistan in this…
INTERNATIONAL NEWS RELATING TO AFGHANISTAN
DHS and DOS Announce Exemptions Allowing Eligible Afghans to Qualify for Protection and Immigration Benefits
DHS Press Release
These exemptions will allow the U.S. Government to protect Afghans allies by alleviating certain obstacles to immigration benefits…
US aircrew of cargo plane where Afghans fell to death cleared: report
By David Propper – The New York Post
The crew of a US military cargo plane that civilians desperately hung onto before plunging to their deaths during the chaotic evacuation of…
THE DAILY WTF
By Muhammad Hamid Zaman – The Express Tribune
Until the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February of this year, the humanitarian crisis on people’s mind was the famine, poverty and disease in…
Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 89.15 AFN (as of 15 JUN 2022)