Reports and Analysis
Original reporting by the Afghan Witness team
30 Jan 2023
Widespread protests after burning of Quran in Sweden
The burning of the Quran provides a relatively easy opportunity for the Taliban to mobilise public opinion and protest – and position themselves as defenders of the Islamic faith
23 Jan 2023
Video emerges of flogging in Kandahar
While there have been many claims of public punishments in Afghanistan over the past four months, this was the first instance where AW investigators obtained visual confirmation.
16 Jan 2023
Taliban arrest NRF and AFF members
The Taliban claimed that two key resistance commanders, Daud Khatar and Mansoor Jawanmard, were among the detainees, however, AW found no visual proof of commander Khatar’s arrest.
9 Jan 2023
Chinese hotel attacker resurfaces for suicide attack on Kabul military airport
The alleged suicide bomber, Abdul-Jabbar, was identified by AW investigators as one of the two attackers of the Kabul Longan Hotel last month, who was seen escaping by climbing down the hotel's balconies during the hotel attack.
2 Jan 2023
ISKP claims attack on Chinese-owned Kabul Longan Hotel - one of the attackers escapes
In this in-depth report, Afghan Witness analyses the available information surrounding the ISKP attack on the Kabul Longan Hotel on December 12, 2022. Investigators matched the alleged suicide bomber of another ISKP attack on the Kabul Military Airport on January 1, 2023, to an individual filmed escaping in the aftermath of the hotel attack.
27 Dec 2022
Ban on female students attending university met with protests
The Taliban reacted by sending military vehicles to various larger cities to deter protests and, in some cases, used water cannons, gunfire into air and physical violence against protesters.
27 Dec 2022
‘General Commander’ of the Andarab Resistance Front killed
The death of the commander was confirmed by both Pro-Taliban social media users and the Andarab Resistance Front, who shared a statement on their Facebook page. Unconfirmed social media reports claim dozens of Andarab Resistance Front fighters were also killed after running out of ammunition.