Reports and Analysis

Original reporting by the Afghan Witness team

30 Nov 2022

Blast targets Samangan madrassa

AW investigators visually confirmed at least 13 casualties, among them multiple children.

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Blast targets Samangan madrassa

30 Nov 2022

Lashings reported in multiple provinces following Taliban Sharia announcement

Afghan Witness analysed claims posted to social media and spoke to sources on the ground to gain more information.

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Lashings reported in multiple provinces following Taliban Sharia announcement

29 Nov 2022

Using OSINT to uncover the location of Mullah Omar’s grave

In early November, Taliban senior figures gathered to unveil the burial place of the group’s founder and first emir, Mullah Muhammad Omar. Until now, his burial place remained undisclosed for security reasons. Using open-source techniques, AW geolocated the grave’s exact location.

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Using OSINT to uncover the location of Mullah Omar’s grave

21 Nov 2022

Women banned from public spaces in Kabul and Faryab

Local sources in Faryab told AW that women in the province had been banned from amusement parks, gyms, female public baths, and eating at local restaurants without a Mahram.

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Women banned from public spaces in Kabul and Faryab

18 Nov 2022

Taliban claim raid on ISKP cell responsible for recent bus attack in Herat

The Taliban spokesperson said the targeted cell was responsible for the attack on a bus in Herat carrying members of the Taliban's al-Farooq Corps on October 27.

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Taliban claim raid on ISKP cell responsible for recent bus attack in Herat

14 Nov 2022

Taliban claim raid on ISKP cell in Kabul

Residents and opposition campaigners claimed the operation targeted Panjshiris and Tajiks collaborating with the NRF, arguing the Taliban was using ISKP as a cover for their actions.

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Taliban claim raid on ISKP cell in Kabul

8 Nov 2022

Alleged human rights violations in Panjshir: what sources on the ground say

For months, widespread reports of Taliban abuses in the province have surfaced on social media, raising concern among human rights organisations. However, sources say many incidents go unreported.

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Alleged human rights violations in Panjshir: what sources on the ground say

4 Nov 2022

Kabul women’s protest disrupted by Taliban, prominent campaigner detained

In late October, women showcased their academic documents in a Kabul park to protest the Taliban’s restrictions on women’s access to education and work. The women claim the Taliban intimidated them and tore their papers, and journalists were reportedly dispersed and temporarily detained. On November 3, it was reported that the Taliban detained one of the women protesters during a press conference.

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Kabul women’s protest disrupted by Taliban, prominent campaigner detained

3 Nov 2022

Minibus carrying government workers targeted in Kabul

Kabul police claimed eight people were injured and taken to hospital as a result of the attack.

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Minibus carrying government workers targeted in Kabul

1 Nov 2022

Taliban recruit female riot police

The decision to formalise the Public Order Police and the inclusion of 100 female employees into the anti-riot forces comes in the wake of increased female protests, and criticism of the Taliban for using violence and force.

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Taliban recruit female riot police