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Reports & Analysis
Original reporting by the Afghan Witness team

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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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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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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11 Apr 2024

Taliban issues further restrictions on Afghan female journalists in TV and radio

In Kabul, female presenters were reportedly told to appear on air only in full veiling, while in Khost, local media was prohibited from broadcasting calls from women and girls.

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4 Apr 2024

Afghan media outlet Etilaatroz launch fact-checking unit as a result of Afghan Witness partnership

The Etilaatroz team have been working steadily with AW to learn fact-checking methodologies and develop open source skills.

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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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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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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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10 Apr 2024

Afghan women protest Taliban’s policies on International Women’s Day

Afghan Witness has seen a downturn in street protests, with many women taking their protests indoors and online in an attempt to avoid suppression or violence.

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28 Mar 2024

Pakistani airstrikes in Afghanistan prompt retaliatory actions from Taliban

Pakistan stated the strikes were directed at militant group members located in Afghanistan, while the Afghan Taliban claimed that civilian residential areas were hit. Afghan Witness confirmed the deaths of several children following the strikes and verified retaliatory shelling and gunfire from Afghan forces towards Pakistani territory.

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