Daily Evacuation Brief | June 16, 2022
LAST 24 HOURS
Several local sources in Herat say the Taliban have been randomly stopping pedestrians passing through checkpoints in order to go through their personal cell phones. Video footage of the practice shows youth traversing the education district are the primary targets of these searches. The Afghan Digest has not received any reports of arrests related to the practice, and it is not clear how widespread searches are.
No further reporting has come from the stand-off between the Taliban and Mullah Mahdi Mujahid in Balkhab, Sar-e-Pul province. Fighting had been previously reported between the two groups, but details and updates remain unclear. The most recent reports indicated that Taliban forces were having difficulty communicating with one another, and a possible large-scale fratricide incident had taken place during the night.
The Panjshir highway has been closed to vehicular traffic due to a landslide in the Pashgur area of Khenj district. Traffic is backed up for several miles, and road crews are said to be working on clearing the artery.
Journalist Akram Esmati claims he was beaten by Taliban security forces manning a checkpoint in Kabul’s Police District 5. He stated the guards accosted him because he was wearing trousers and confiscated his phone. Another journalist, Farhad Amiri, was seen to be arrested, and his family has had no news on his whereabouts or condition.
A spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied Russia intends to recognize the IEA.
The Afghan Digest received reports that all ICRC and UN flights inside Afghanistan have been canceled due to unspecified security concerns. A threat appeared on social media earlier from ISIS in Iraq that specifically mentioned the ICRC/UN, which may be the cause of the cancellation. We have yet to validate this information.
In a bizarre move, the Taliban’s Head of Money Changers and Monetary Services Union published a decree forbidding the online posting of exchange rates.
The Taliban claim to have arrested 3 conspirators implicated in the recent spate of bombings. The three unnamed men were captured in Police District 4 of Kabul and have reportedly confessed to their roles in the attacks.
NEXT 24 HOURS
Local Taliban commanders in Sar-e-Pul have called for an additional 250 troops to reinforce their operations against Mullah Mahdi’s breakaway faction in Balkhab. The convoy is expected to arrive in the next 24 hours. Sources in Kabul say the Taliban leadership in the Defense Ministry are growing impatient with the commanders who have encircled Balkhab and are pressing them to attack and arrest the defiant leader.
Afghanistan’s Warlords Prepare Their Comeback
By Lynne O’Donnell – Foreign Policy
Exiled warlords, power brokers, and ethnic leaders who fled Afghanistan last year ahead of the Taliban’s victory are threatening civil war unless the Islamists start negotiating to let them return home and reclaim their power and authority as an alternative to the nihilistic rule of the terrorists currently in charge.
3 million New Passports to be Print
By Bakhtar News Agency
The 37 weekly cabinet meetings of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan presided by Prime Minister, Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, discussed the printing of…
Afghans Say Black Market For Pakistani Visas Thriving
By Radio Free Europe
Farhad Salehi, a resident of the western Herat Province, has been chasing a Pakistani visa for…
The Taliban Arrests Three People on Charges of Involvement in the Recent Bombings
By Saqalain Eqbap – Khaama Press
He described the prisoners as “disruptors” who “disrupted the security of the city in exchange for money” on his tweet of 14th June…
How the hasty Afghanistan pull-out by US added to rise in Islamic radicalisation in India
By Vicky Nanjappa – One India
The Al-Qaeda is on overdrive mode and its chief Ayman-al-Zawahiri has released several videos in the past couple of…
Russia Would Recognize Kabul Regardless of US, World Stance
By TOLO News
Russia's special envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, on Tuesday said that Moscow would make a decision on recognizing the…
INTERNATIONAL NEWS RELATING TO AFGHANISTAN
Anti-terrorism laws impede efforts to evacuate Afghans
By Omair Quadri – Globe and Mail
Humanitarian and veterans’ groups trying to evacuate people who worked for Canada’s military and diplomatic mission in Afghanistan…
THE DAILY WTF
Stuck while the world moves on: upwards of 160,000 Afghans remain in limbo
By Tevah Gevelber – Responsible Statecraft
Advocates are angry that the Special Immigrant Visa program is still failing tens of thousands of people who risked their lives for…
Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 89.21 AFN (as of 16 JUN 2022)