Daily Evacuation Brief | June 4, 2022
LAST 24 HOURS:
The Taliban has begun setting up bases in the Hindu Kush Mountains in an attempt to counter Resistance forces’ ability to maneuver between valleys. Sources within the Resistance claim the outposts are poorly defended and will be vulnerable to attacks, leading Resistance leaders to reportedly call the bases a “Gift from God”.
Non-combatants in Jowzjan province have been involved in several armed scuffles with “nomads” who are reputedly being granted rights to land in the province by local Taliban leaders, according to political sources in the province.
A spokesman for the TTP delegation that has recently arrived in Kabul announced to an Indian news agency that a 3-month ceasefire deal that includes areas immediately adjacent to the Durand Line has been struck with Pakistan. The TTP has specifically agreed not to attack Pakistani security forces or non-combatants in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
An unconfirmed report stated that 5 Pakistani soldiers were killed in an IED attack in Panjgur, Balochistan. Although we have not confirmed which group is responsible, it is notable that a provisional wing of the TTP is believed to have broken from the main group in protest to the TTP’s ongoing negotiations with Pakistan authorities, which they view as concessionary. It is possible that attacks such as these will occur more frequently as the hardliners attempt to derail peace negotiations.
The Afghan Digest continues to receive many reports of forced relocations of non-combatants in Panjshir. Apparently, suspected collaborators and local leaders are often pointed out by Taliban loyalists or individuals seeking favor with the Taliban. The accused are then arrested and moved by truck to other provinces without trial. This policy has been in place for several weeks, but seems to be occurring increasingly often with a surging numbers of arrests. One source said it may be due to complaints over atrocities that have occurred since the fighting in the North escalated.
A noted spokesman for the Hezb-e-Islami party has reportedly resigned and joined the Resistance in response to the internal ethnic policies that have been issued from Kandahar.
NEXT 24 HOURS:
Night raids are expected in Police Districts 11, 15, and 17 for the next four days in Kabul. The Taliban continue to search for and have arrested several Panjshiri youth. According to one source in the Ministry of the Interior, close to 400 have been arrested since combat operations against the Resistance in Panjshir began in earnest. At-risk Afghans are cautioned to maintain a low profile, conceal their home province if they are from the north, and avoid wearing Panjshir-style clothing if they must go about the city.
India is expected to make an official announcement about whether New Delhi plans to reopen diplomatic facilities in Afghanistan.
The Taliban in Panjshir are expected to launch additional assaults on NRF positions in Chamalordeh and Karbashi. A source states the local Taliban commander has received information that the units defending the areas are running out of ammo. Sources within the Resistance claim they have large stockpiles of ammunition and are dug in with good fields of fire. The reality of the situation remains unclear.
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Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 89.00 AFN (as of 4 JUN 2022)