Daily Evacuation Brief | May 25, 2022
LAST 24 HOURS:
Local religious leaders in Western Kabul began warning worshipers that Taliban in the area have been forcibly taking teenagers and drafting them into the fighting forces. A 9 PM local curfew is said to be in effect.
In a surprising move, the Taliban signed an agreement with a UAE firm to run ground handling for Kabul, Kandahar, and Herat’s international airports. A source present at the negotiations between Qatar and Turkey reported that talks broke down over security, and Turkey was the first to quit the table. The details of the deal that was struck are unknown at this time, but it is believed the Taliban will retain control of all security at the airports.
The grave of Azizullah Karwan, former anti-Taliban commander of special police units in Paktia, was desecrated. Local sources say an explosive device was placed on the grave. The grave site had been previously desecrated by the Taliban in 2021, but no group has yet claimed responsibility for this act.
A 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck Takhar. No damage was reported in the aftermath.
There has been a lull in the fighting across the North over the past 24 hours. Multiple sources stated that both sides needed time to reconstitute their forces and resupply.
NEXT 24 HOURS:
After units are rested and resupplied, fighting in various locations of the North is expected to resume. Several reports arrived at the Ministry of Defense about Resistance sniper teams being deployed and targeting checkpoints. The Taliban have asked for air support to locate the sniper teams.
Sources in Pakistan claim that nearly 60 miles of fencing along the Durand Line has been completed without incident since many of the Taliban garrisons along the border have been ordered to Panjshir. Sources intimated the new government in Pakistan wants the fence completed by the end of August.
Who Is to Blame for the Collapse of Afghanistan’s Security Forces?
By Jonathan Schroden – War on the Rocks
The Taliban’s takeover of Kabul on Aug. 15 of last year cemented the complete collapse of Afghanistan’s security forces, which the United States and its partners built over twenty years at a cost of nearly $90 billion. Last week, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction placed primary blame for that collapse on the shoulders of the United States, saying that the “single most important factor” behind it “was the U.S. decision to withdraw military forces and contractors from Afghanistan through signing the U.S.-Taliban agreement in February 2020 under [President Donald Trump], followed by President [Joe] Biden’s withdrawal announcement in April 2021.”
Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 89.32 AFN (as of 25 MAY 2022)
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