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Daily Evacuation Brief | March 18, 2022
LAST 24 HOURS:
The United Nations Security Council voted to extend UNAMA’s mandate by one year in a session on Thursday. Russia was the only nation to abstain from voting.
Turkey became the first member of NATO to call for recognition of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Turkey appears to be out of step with the EU who stated “the Taliban must win the consent of the people” before the EU will consider recognition.
Taliban Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani met with the Deputy Ambassador from Iran to discuss lowering tensions along the border. The meeting follows deadly clashes between border security forces earlier this month.
Sources claim the Taliban executed a former Afghan Army officer during the night in Baghlan province. We have not yet confirmed this information.
A man who had been reported missing 17 days ago was found dead in Helmand province. It is believed he was murdered.
NEXT 24 HOURS:
The Taliban intend to dispatch an additional 400 new recruits to Panjshir province in order to reinforce garrisons there who reportedly came under attack yesterday. It is not clear where exactly these troops will be positioned.
Construction efforts on the Durand Line are expected to begin again after a lull. Pakistani engineering units have received additional materials, and several drone flights have been noted along the border for the past two days. There is potential for more cross-border conflict.
Clearing operations are expected to continue in select districts around Kabul and elsewhere. According to our sources, the searches have resulted in the arrests of 6 NDS Officers, 21 Special Forces members of the Afghan Army, 11 Ministry of the Interior high-ranking personnel, and many others.
SPOTLIGHT: Team Rubicon
On occasion, the Afghan Digest highlights organizations or resources that are particularly helpful for evacuations, immigration, and/or resettlement.
Disaster response nonprofit Team Rubicon is partnering with local groups and the US government to assist Afghan refugees who have recently arrived in the US transition and integrate into their new communities. They work with local organizations and individuals to help furnish living spaces, provide clothing, and hygiene items for transitioning Afghans.
To find out more about their services or to volunteer to help out, please visit their website at:
Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 88.24 AFN (as of 18 MAR 2022)
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