Reports and Analysis

Original reporting by the Afghan Witness team

23 Sept 2022

Explosion at Wazir Akbar Khan Mosque in Kabul

An emergency hospital in Kabul, run by Emergency NGO, stated that they received 14 victims of the blast, four of which died on arrival.

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Explosion at Wazir Akbar Khan Mosque in Kabul

6 Sept 2022

Explosion near Russian Embassy in Kabul

According to reports, two Russian embassy staff were among at least six people killed in the attack, which was later claimed by ISKP.

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Explosion near Russian Embassy in Kabul

3 Sept 2022

Explosion targets pro-Taliban cleric in Herat

Afghan Witness geolocated footage and images from the aftermath of the explosion - which Taliban officials say killed 18 people.

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Explosion targets pro-Taliban cleric in Herat

15 Aug 2022

Afghanistan’s education sector under the Taliban

Since the Taliban’s return last August, the group has demonstrated determination to regulate, shape, and control access to education in Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan’s education sector under the Taliban

9 Aug 2022

One year on: how life has changed for Afghanistan’s women and girls

Afghan Witness assesses how the Taliban’s return has impacted women’s access to education and employment, their freedom of movement and dress, and their ability to access support services.

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One year on: how life has changed for Afghanistan’s women and girls

25 Jul 2022

How a false press release on girls’ schools made international headlines

Afghan Witness analyses the fake press release that was picked up by several reputable news outlets and multiple journalists.

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How a false press release on girls’ schools made international headlines

14 Jul 2022

Afghanistan’s teenage girls and the online teacher determined to help them

In Afghanistan, girls’ secondary schools have been closed for 300 days and counting, but the country’s teenage girls - assisted by an international army of volunteers led by Angela Ghayour - are finding other ways to learn.

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Afghanistan’s teenage girls and the online teacher determined to help them

12 Jul 2022

ISKP carry out second attack on Loya Jirga in Kabul

A day after the first attack, ISKP targeted the event with at least four rockets, open source analysis shows.

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ISKP carry out second attack on Loya Jirga in Kabul

7 Jul 2022

Attack on Taliban gathering for Loya Jirga in Kabul, ISKP claims responsibility

As photos and videos emerged online in the 24-hours following initial reports of an attack, Afghan Witness investigators were able to use open source techniques to gain a fuller understanding of events.

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Attack on Taliban gathering for Loya Jirga in Kabul, ISKP claims responsibility

30 Jun 2022

New, verified resistance activity and attacks in Kabul

As well as activity in Panjshir and Baghlan provinces, AW has also monitored and verified resistance activity in Kabul.

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New, verified resistance activity and attacks in Kabul