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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

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Widespread protests after burning of Quran in Sweden

24 Jan 2023

Taliban members and supporters purchase Twitter verification

AW found 13 Taliban-linked accounts with the blue tick, though several have since lost their mark of verification.

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Taliban members and supporters purchase Twitter verification

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.

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Video emerges of flogging in Kandahar

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.

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Taliban arrest NRF and AFF members

12 Jan 2023

ISKP claim explosion outside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

In an image and video shared on social media, AW investigators visually confirmed at least 16 victims of the attack.

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ISKP claim explosion outside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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.

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Chinese hotel attacker resurfaces for suicide attack on Kabul military airport

9 Jan 2023

Ban on female NGO workers backed by Taliban online community

Pro-Taliban social media activists accused female NGO workers of espionage and spreading immorality.

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Ban on female NGO workers backed by Taliban online community

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.

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ISKP claims attack on Chinese-owned Kabul Longan Hotel - one of the attackers escapes

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.

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Ban on female students attending university met with protests

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.

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‘General Commander’ of the Andarab Resistance Front killed
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