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Reports & Analysis
Original reporting by the Afghan Witness team

27 Feb 2024

'Playing on both sides': Russian manoeuvring in Afghanistan on the rise

Over the past few months, Russia’s manoeuvring on Afghanistan appears to have increased, with indications of rising engagement with both Taliban and anti-Taliban forces.

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19 Feb 2024

Passport offices reopening leads to significant overcrowding and subsequent reclosure

With some having waited over a year for a new passport, the reopening of passport offices in Kabul led to several days of chaos. Their reclosure means Afghans seeking to exit the country must revert to the unreliable online application process.

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1 Feb 2024

Taliban Management of the Education Sector

AW examines the Taliban's stated vision for education in Afghanistan in 2023, comparing the Taliban’s stated vision for education and the reality experienced by practitioners, institutions, and students in the country

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30 Jan 2024

ISKP: “Kill them wherever you find them” highlights increased activity in Afghanistan

AW's analysis shows a significant increase in ISKP attacks across Afghanistan following the Islamic State spokesman's announcing the 'Kill them wherever you find them' campaign in January 2024.

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23 Jan 2024

Unclaimed Shia killings spark anti-Taliban protest

After three unclaimed killings of Shia scholars between 22 October and 1 December 2023, protests erupted in Herat against the Taliban’s alleged neglect of the Shia community. Questions remain about the perpetrators of these attacks, as ISKP, a militant group with a reputation for attacking Shias in Afghanistan has remained silent.

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26 Feb 2024

Surge in female suicides linked to forced marriages, Taliban violence, and arrests

Documenting 195 cases of suicide since April 2022, AW has observed an rise in female suicides since the Taliban seized power in 2021, and identified a pattern suggesting that ethnic minorities appear to make up a disproportionate share of the reported cases

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12 Feb 2024

Nan FM radio closure highlights media freedom tensions

Targeted intimidation technique or unpaid rent dispute? Conflicting claims regarding the forced closure of Nan FM Radio, Khost, illustrate the Taliban’s tensions with media entities

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31 Jan 2024

Arrests for violating Taliban Hijab rules cause controversy

The Taliban’s reported detentions for non-compliance with hijab rules have received mixed reactions: contradictory claims from Taliban officials, concern from local groups, and condemnation from international community.

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23 Jan 2024

The stories of Afghanistan’s women journalists

From breaking barriers and challenging taboos, to facing widespread restrictions, AW looks at the experience of Afghanistan’s female journalists since the Taliban’s takeover.

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9 Jan 2024

Male protests 2023: Driven by scarcity, restricted by risk

2023 saw Afghan men engaging in protests driven predominantly by economic concerns, but also in solidarity with women and minorities, risking their personal safety and financial security

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