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Daily Brief: September 18, 2021

Daily Brief: September 18, 2021

Over the past day, we've mapped 39 events with the following breakdown by event category.

With rumors of Taliban infighting continuing, attacks were reported in Afghanistan on Saturday.  Whether the attacks are a part of that infighting or attacks by ISIS-K or another group, the Taliban has a difficult task ahead of it in establishing security in the country.  

Car bomb blast injures two people in Kabul
A car bomb blast injured two people in the western part of Kabul on Saturday. The explosion took place at a police recruitment center. It is unknown who was responsible for the attack.
Bomb blasts in Jalalabad kill three, injure 20
Three roadside bomb blasts killed at least three people and wounded 20 others in Jalalabad on Saturday. One of the blasts struck a Taliban forces vehicle killing two Taliban officials and wounding several others. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The fallout from the AUKUS announcement continued on Friday when France recalled its ambassadors to the US and Australia.  It is unclear what further fallout will be seen, but France is clearly unhappy with the situation.

France recalls US and Australian ambassadors
France recalled both the US and Australian ambassadors in response to the AUKUS announcement earlier this week. The French are particularly upset about the $90 billion submarine deal with Australia that was nullified when the new alliance was announced.

Anti-vaccine and lockdown protests took place in multiple cities across Australia on Saturday.  It is clear that the country will continue to deal with unrest over the government's pandemic response.  

Anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne
An anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne drew hundreds of people after authorities had asked them to stay home. Protesters threw objects at police and police responded with pepper spray. At least 10 police officers were injured by stones being thrown at them and 235 arrests were made.
Thousands gather in Brisbane against coronavirus restrictions
Thousands of people took part in an anti-Covid restriction protest in Brisbane on Saturday. At least one arrest was made during the demonstration.
Anti-lockdown protest in Perth
An anti-lockdown protest drew around 1,000 people to the streets of Perth. Signs opposing vaccine mandates and passports were seen at the rally.

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