Daily Evacuation Brief | May 8, 2022
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The Taliban mandated women must wear burqas in public. The move was expected, and the international community appears to have taken it as a sign the “new” Taliban are not so reformed after all. The regressive policy will likely influence financial aid, and our analysis suggests that international recognition is now beyond reach for the Taliban. We also believe the policy was timed prior to an expected announcement about girls being allowed to attend school – potentially as a means of controlling criticism.
The Taliban have claimed reports of major combat operations against opposition forces in the North are exaggerations on social media. Several of our sources say the reality on the ground is quite different, and there is panic in the palace. Apparently, the Taliban had seriously underestimated the capabilities of the opposition groups and were not happy with the lackluster performance of the Red Guard units. A decree has been passed among senior leaders to minimize any mention of the opposition clashes.
A source visiting the Khaja Ghar district in Takhar stated he/she had witnessed a Toyota truck pull up to the border with Tajikistan and fired 7 rockets across the river onto Tajik soil. We have no other confirmation of this event at this time.
Fighting has continued throughout the North, and social media is full of photos and videos posted by various opposition groups. The biggest gains appear to have been made in the Worsaj district of Takhar. Sources indicate that most Taliban fled the fighting, but nearly 100 have been captured. There is wide disagreement over the number of casualties inflicted. We expect more accurate numbers will be reported over the coming days.
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As previously stated, fighting in the North has made travel dangerous. At-risk Afghans planning travel in or through the areas should consider delaying or rerouting for the time being.
Remember Afghanistan’s Hazaras
By Knox Thames – The Diplomat
Since the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan, respect for human rights and women’s rights has sharply declined. The detention, torture, and murder of journalists, the killing of opposition figures, and the closing of girls’ schools have all received international attention. Meanwhile, the Taliban’s failures in governance have created space for the Islamic State franchise in Afghanistan to relaunch a reign of terror against Hazara Shia.
Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 86.12 AFN (as of 8 MAY 2022)
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