Daily Evacuation Brief | May 15, 2022
LAST 24 HOURS:
The Taliban are utilizing a biometric database in Panjshir province (Dalasang area of the Shatel district) to screen men who transit the checkpoint and identify former government officials, especially former ANDSF soldiers or DNS employees. Sources indicated that approximately 15 men have been detained at the checkpoint so far. Our analysis indicates the Taliban have limited capability to use biometric screening due to frequent breakdowns in internet and cellular coverage, forcing them to exclusively rely on systems that have the biometric data saved on them instead of searching the online database at the Ministry of the Interior.
Former Afghan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib’s recent speech at the Oxford Union has elicited furious responses from Afghans around the world, especially former Afghan Army personnel. Mohib shirked responsibility for his involvement in the fall of Kabul and said that the Afghan Army was falling apart very early in the crisis due to media disinformation. Several high-profile Afghan Army officers have vehemently denied the claim and flatly stated that they were ordered not to engage the Taliban. The Oxford Union’s invitation for him to speak drew heavy criticism from many in the Afghan diaspora, and protests were ongoing during his speech.
While a few engagements occurred over the previous 24 hours, sources indicated the bulk of the Resistance forces sought safety in mountain strongholds to further plan for the coming week.
NEXT 24 HOURS:
Heavy fighting is expected to resume on Monday in the North. Resistance forces have reputedly taken the weekend to conduct resupply operations and plan coordinated actions for the coming week. We do not anticipate any major engagements for the next 24 hours.
Afghanistan’s Forgotten War: The Clash Between the Taliban and ISKP
By Saman Ayesha Kidwai – Modern Diplomacy
Amid the Ukrainian war, the Afghan crisis accurately represents a forgotten conflict. Notably, the rivalry between the Taliban and the Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP), personified by violence and instability, has, much to the detriment of analysts, continued to bleed the country dry. Additionally, food and health insecurity fuelled by climate change and COVID-19, suppression of women’s rights and freedoms due to distorted beliefs of de facto rulers, and intensifying border tensions with Pakistan have compounded uncertainty facing the Afghans. While these factors have added to the growing, multi-dimensional gordian knot mirroring the deteriorating conditions in Afghanistan, the security concerns shaped by the Taliban-ISKP rivalry are central to the Afghan quagmire.
Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 87.85 AFN (as of 15 MAY 2022)
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