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Reports and Analysis

Original reporting by the Afghan Witness team

24 May 2024

Security: Tourists shot by gunmen in Bamyan attack claimed by ISKP

An armed attack took place in Bamyan city, confirmed by Taliban officials, which killed three Spanish tourists and three Afghans, and injured seven others. It was claimed by ISKP as targeting Christian coalition citizens and their Shiite companions.

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Security: Tourists shot by gunmen in Bamyan attack claimed by ISKP

24 May 2024

Protests in Nangarhar: Taliban use gunfire against demonstrators

On 9 May 2024, Kochi nomads protested against the Taliban's plans to demolish their homes on the Jalalabad-Torkham highway, leading to Taliban gunfire that caused several casualties, amid ongoing claims of land usurpation and forced displacements.

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Protests in Nangarhar: Taliban use gunfire against demonstrators

24 May 2024

Protests in Badakhshan: Deadly Clashes Over Poppy Field Destruction

On 3 and 4 May 2024, protests in Badakhshan's Darayim and Argo districts erupted after clashes between locals and Taliban counter-narcotics teams over the destruction of poppy fields, resulting in deaths and ongoing protests despite Taliban attempts to resolve the issue.

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Protests in Badakhshan: Deadly Clashes Over Poppy Field Destruction

24 May 2024

Minority rights: Torture of an Ismaili man and recent arrest of 15 Ismailis in Badakhshan

On 5 May 2024, two local media outlets shared an old video, previously circulated in 2019 and 2022, showing Taliban members harassing an elderly Shia Ismaili man in Badakhshan; AW investigators confirmed the video’s age, highlighting ongoing repressions against Ismailis despite the footage being presented as new.

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Minority rights: Torture of an Ismaili man and recent arrest of 15 Ismailis in Badakhshan

13 May 2024

ISKP: Group re-emerges after two-month gap in activity

After a two-month hiatus in ISKP activity, the group resumed attacks in Kandahar, Kunar, Kabul, and Herat, targeting critical infrastructure and Shia communities, highlighting the group’s ongoing presence and capabilities in Afghanistan.

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ISKP: Group re-emerges after two-month gap in activity

13 May 2024

Media environment: Two outlets suspended and other journalists arrested

The Afghan media landscape has been under sustained pressure since the Taliban takeover, with the closure of two TV channels linked to political parties and a series of journalist detentions in recent weeks, indicating the Taliban's ongoing efforts to control the media landscape.

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Media environment: Two outlets suspended and other journalists arrested

13 May 2024

NRF and AFF: Joint event and increased attacks in Kabul

NRF and AFF jointly commemorated fallen commanders in their first shared online event, where leaders emphasised the need for unity; both groups have intensified their activity in Kabul in recent months, but while the NRF notably increased attacks during Ramadan, the AFF announced a suspension of operations.

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NRF and AFF: Joint event and increased attacks in Kabul

30 Apr 2024

Audio clip from Taliban leader addresses stoning of Afghan women

In audio clips circulated online in March, the Taliban’s Supreme Leader emphasised the strict implementation of Sharia punishments and spoke of harsher punishments for women.

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Audio clip from Taliban leader addresses stoning of Afghan women

30 Apr 2024

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar relocated from state-owned land by Taliban officials

According to the Taliban, the land that Hizb-e Islami party leader Hekmatyar was living on had been provided by the Republican government and was not legitimate, as recognising it as such would imply recognition of the previous administration.

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Gulbuddin Hekmatyar relocated from state-owned land by Taliban officials

22 Apr 2024

Rising reports of femicide: new digital map documents cases of violence and repression of Afghan women in ‘public’ roles

Female-led newsroom Zan Times used investigative reporting and open source techniques to document killings, disappearances and arrests of Afghan women.

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Rising reports of femicide: new digital map documents cases of violence and repression of Afghan women in ‘public’ roles
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