Daily Evacuation Brief | May 4, 2022
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What Comes Around Goes Around: ISIS-K Mimics Taliban’s Destructive Insurgency
Infrastructure and development are always victims of war, but the Taliban, like many guerrilla groups, went out of their way to wreak havoc on infrastructure and civilian targets over their 20 year insurgency. In just the few months before their August 2021 takeover, the Taliban are alleged to have destroyed more than $500 million worth of public property and infrastructure. Then, they took charge and had to deal with the consequences of the destruction they had wrought.
One consequence they did not anticipate was having to deal with copycat terrorists trying to undermine their regime with some of the same tactics they had used over the last 20 years….
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LAST 24 HOURS:
There have been several reports that ATM machines are not working in Kabul. The Central Bank claims they are working, but large lines have been reported at ATMs in select locations around the city. Technical sources claim the recent power outages may be the cause of the issue.
Sources in Panjshir stated that two Taliban commanders in the region chose to switch sides and join the opposition in response to former Vice President and NRF co-founder Amrullah Saleh. We have yet to receive confirmation of this information.
Recent land reform measures announced by the Taliban in Zabul have been denounced by locals. Most believe the land will be granted to loyal Pashtun supporters of the Taliban. Similar land redistribution plans implemented in other countries have typically caused violence.
Fewer clashes have been reported over the last 24 hours. Sources indicate this is in response to the planned meeting of opposition group leaders with newly returned Amrullah Saleh.
NEXT 24 HOURS:
Former Vice President Amrullah Saleh’s meeting with opposition leaders was postponed a day to allow for travel from distant provinces. It is expected to take place in the next 24 hours. Sources said a “grand strategy” for the year would be discussed.
A large column of Taliban troops is expected to depart for Khost to deal with the Ahrar Front, a new resistance group that Taliban leadership believe is led by several Syrians. Most recently, the Ahrar Front attacked an administrative building and appeared to have destroyed a large ammunition cache.
Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 86.02 AFN (as of 4 MAY 2022)
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By Mukhtar Ahmad Amiri – Pajhwok Afghan News
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Taliban Face Criticism for Not Yet Gaining Intl Recognition
By TOLO News
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By Ariana News
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Flare-up of Durand line disagreement may change Afghanistan, Pakistan equations
Flare-up of the Durand line disagreement has the potential to lead to a change of equations between Afghanistan and…
Rina Amiri: Muslim Nations Must Champion Rights of Afghan Girls
By Hadya Ziaye – TOLO News
The banning of girls from going to school has faced strong reactions inside and outside the…
The Afghan women's cricketers aiming to 'show the world we exist, despite the Taliban'
By Tim Wigmore – The Telegraph
Eight months after the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan, the future of the country’s women cricketers remains…
THE DAILY WTF
Afghan employees of Canada's Kabul embassy say CRA taxing income earned in Afghanistan
By Tom Blackwell – The Province
'We risked our lives and our families’ lives and this is the reward we get,' says one of the former embassy employees who fled to Canada as the Taliban took…