Daily Evacuation Brief | May 14, 2022
LAST 24 HOURS:
Taliban counter-offensives have been launched from multiple directions in Andarab (Khawak, Parandi, and Shawa). New Taliban reinforcements are being used to attack from three strongholds in an attempt to box Resistance forces in and capture two Andarab Resistance “Battalions” operating in the region. Initial reports indicate the Taliban’s efforts have not gone well. While some casualty reports have been provided, nothing has been verified yet. Taliban sources have stated that Deputy Defense Minister Mullah Fazel has arrived and assumed control of Taliban military options.
The bomb attack near the Qombar intersection in Kabul Police District 5 had targeted a nearby mosque (possibly Ayub Saber). Three people were reportedly wounded in the blast. Sources with the Ministry of the Interior stated the attack was believed to be a pre-planned ISIS-K attack that was originally targeting a Shiite mosque in a Hazara neighborhood of Herat but was redirected to Kabul when local planners determined the security forces in Herat were too formidable to overcome. We have no further information concerning this attack.
NEXT 24 HOURS:
Resistance forces are planning a joint operation in Panjshir that is reportedly going to target the newly established checkpoints along main roads in Panjshir. Details of specific locations have not been provided, but at-risk Afghans in Panjshir are cautioned about loitering near new checkpoints over the next 48 hours.
by Bruce Pannier – Foreign Policy Research Institute
The contest for control of northern Afghanistan between the Taliban, the Islamic State, and other terrorist groups is a major security concern for the states of Central Asia. Since the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in August 2021, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan have relied on the Taliban to prevent non-state actors from operating in northern Afghanistan and launching cross-border attacks. In recent months, however, the Islamic State has bombed mosques near the border with Central Asia and claimed to have launched a rocket attack into Uzbekistan. The deteriorating situation in the region demonstrates the limits of Central Asian states’ security strategies, and highlights that they have few options in dealing with a new threat on their border.
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