Daily Evacuation Brief | September 19, 2023
LAST 24 HOURS
TALIBAN EXPECTS SANCTIONS TO BE LIFTED AT UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY THIS WEEK – Bilal Karimi, a spokesman for the regime says the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) expects the UN to remove sanctions and to recognize the defacto regime based on its record of success over the past two years during this week’s meeting of the General Assembly in New York. No representative from Afghanistan has been invited to the meeting but there are rumors that some states may lobby on their behalf in the corridors between sessions. The topic of gender discrimination in Afghanistan is scheduled to be discussed but there were no indications that sanctions relief or recognition would be on the table. Even if it were, it does not appear likely that any real support would be forthcoming while the Taliban policies remain in place. Clearly, the Taliban brain trust believes that limited success against ISIS-K and incremental economic advances are enough to outweigh the draconian domestic policies they have instituted. Ultimately, this regime has been imposed on the people in an undemocratic transfer of power, is not ethnically/religiously/gender inclusive, and has relegated half of the population to a faceless existence. Even nations that are prone to overlooking such flaws will be loathe to support recognition.
KABUL-JALALABAD HIGHWAY STILL CLOSED, ALTERNATE ROUTE ESTABLISHED – The Taliban Ministry of Defense said it had opened an alternative route to Jalalabad from Kabul and was directing traffic that has been backed up for several days due to a landslide to use the new route. We are waiting on details about the new route and there are rumors that busses that normally make the daily runs between the two cities have instituted temporary price hikes for fees in order to offset the additional fuel required to negotiate the new detour.
AFGHAN COMMANDER IN SYRIA ARRESTED FOR COOPERATING WITH COALITION FORCES – An unidentified Afghan citizen who is reputedly a Commander of a militia in the Idlib Province of Syria was taken into custody along with 2 unidentified companions and stands accused of working for the Coalition forces. The Afghan Commander was arrested by the Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) militia forces which have ties to al-Qaeda and evolved from the Nusrah Front. It is not clear where the men are being held and what their disposition is.
BODY OF AFGHAN MINER DISCOVERED IN BALOCHISTAN – The body of a man identified only as Saifullah who was reportedly an Afghan coal miner working in the Duki District was discovered Sunday near the Malizai coal mine. The man’s body had been mutilated and his feet and hands had been tied behind his back. Authorities took the body to a hospital in Duki and an investigation has been launched.
NEXT 24 HOURS
NO THREATS REPORTED
The regime released the 5 Americans who had been detained under the deal made with the US Government which will also free Iranian funds that had been frozen in South Korea.
The chief of the IAEA warned Iran it must revisit its decision to block inspectors by withdrawing their accreditation over political moves made by the US, France, Germany, and the UK.
International observers continue to analyze threats made by Israel’s intelligence chief last week and many are concerned that Iran is not taking the threats seriously.
In an effort to make good on pledges of greater transparency, the Supreme Court conducted its first live broadcast of proceedings that will reign in the power of the Chief Justices.
Commuters and travelers now face increased ticket prices for voyages on Pakistan’s rail system. The hikes went into effect Monday and increased prices by 5% for most fares. Authorities say the price hikes have been implemented to offset higher fuel costs.
Yesterday, Islamabad rejected a story printed in the Intercept that alleged Pakistan had sold weapons to Ukraine as part of the IMF bailout deal. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it maintains a strict policy of neutrality between Ukraine and Russia.
By James F. Jeffrey - Asia Dispatches - The Wilson Center
The possibility of terrorism operating in Afghanistan, threatening the stability—such as it is—of that country or neighbor Pakistan, American allies and partners, and the United States homeland, is the single biggest issue in evaluating the U.S. decision to withdraw from Afghanistan in 2021.
A recent study by the Head of Coordination and Mine Clearance in Afghanistan revealed that 120 people lost their lives and another 250…
By Fidel Rahmati - Khaama Press
The World Food Program (WFP) has warned that if it does not secure sufficient funding to assist those in need in Afghanistan, it will be forced to…
By Ariana News
The Kabul-Jalalabad highway remains closed to traffic due to an ongoing landslide in the Tangi Mahi-Par mountain range, and officials say…
By TOLO News
The consulate of the Islamic Emirate in Karachi, Abdul Jabar Takhari, said that more than 800 Afghan refugees including children have been…
By Abdul Mussawer Safi - EurAsia Review
The Chief of Staff of Afghanistan, Fasihuddin Fitrah, issued a warning to Pakistan following its declaration of potential military interventions within the…
INTERNATIONAL NEWS RELATING TO AFGHANISTAN
By Ahmad Mukhtar - CBS News
Almost 20 staff members of a charity organization operating in central Afghanistan, including one U.S. national, have been arrested by…
By TOLO News
Heads of state and national representatives gather in New York to attend the UN General Assembly, which is September 18-19, and a spokesman for the Islamic Emirate said that they expect the summit to lift…
THE DAILY WTF
By Bakhtar News Agency
Scholars should actively work to strengthen the Islamic system, create unity among the people, and enlighten the public minds, the…
“You forgot…oppress half the population and make them faceless.” TAD Staff
Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 79.01 AFN (as of 19 SEP 2023)