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Afghanistan: Taliban Impose Sharia Law, Kill Protesters Who Raise Afghan Flag

Afghanistan: Taliban Impose Sharia Law, Kill Protesters Who Raise Afghan Flag

Pockets of anti-Taliban resistance emerge in the north; Rebels raise the flag of “Northern Alliance” in Panjshir Valley

Afghan protests and shows of defiance were met with deadly force by the Taliban. The jihadis shot unarmed demonstrators as anti-Taliban protests hit several cities.

“In Kabul and eastern Afghanistan, protesters rallied Thursday around the black, red and green Afghan national flag in a show of defiance against the Taliban takeover of much of the country,” German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported. the broadcaster quoted eyewitness reports saying “saying that several people were killed at a protest in Asadabad, the capital of eastern Kunar province.”

A day earlier, the Taliban had also used deadly force to quell protests marking the Afghan independence day. “On Wednesday in Jalalabad in eastern Paktia province, protesters stripped down the Taliban flag from a square and replaced it with the Afghan national flag. The Taliban reacted violently and killed at least one protester,” German broadcaster Deutsche Welle added.

On Thursday, the Taliban declared Afghanistan an “Islamic Emirate” and placed the country under Sharia law. The Afghan women will only be given rights per the Islamic Sharia law, the jihadi group vowed. Under Sharia, women and girls are confined to their houses and allowed to leave only in the company of a male chaperone and an all-covering burqa.

In her Thursday’s post, Mary Chastain covered the repression of Afghan women at the hands of the Taliban and noted the deafening silence of the Western feminists.

As the Taliban dismantles the Afghan state to make way for a Sharia-governed Emirate, the Afghan national flag has become a symbol of resistance against the Islamists. The Associated Press noted that the “black, red and green banners in honor of the Afghan flag … is becoming a symbol of defiance.”

Taliban has replaced the historic black, red, and green Afghan flag with its banner of jihad. The flag of the Taliban’s newly-declared “Islamic Emirate” is white with a Quranic inscription in black declaring that “there is no God but Allah.” The black flag of the Syria-based Islamic State had the same inscription.

Taliban Hunt Journalists, Former Government Officials

With the government’s fall in Kabul, the Taliban are carrying out door-to-door searches looking for critical journalists, former government officials, and those who cooperated with the U.S. and NATO troops.

In what appears to be a revenge killing aimed at a journalist, Taliban fighters killed a family member of a reporter working for the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW). “Taliban fighters hunting a DW journalist have shot dead one member of his family and seriously injured another,” the German broadcaster reported on Friday. “The Taliban were conducting a house-to-house search to try and find the journalist, who now works in Germany.”

The Taliban appears to be stepping up the combing operation, intelligence reports from Kabul conform. The Norwegian intelligence suggests that they are “intensifying the hunt-down of all individuals and collaborators with the former regime.”

The jihadis have threatened to exact revenge on their family members if the wanted government officials failed to surrender. “It said if they are not successful, the group is targeting and arresting family members and punishing them according to Shariah law,” German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported on Friday.

A secret United Nations report also confirmed those fears. “The Taliban are hunting for people who worked for or collaborated with American or other [NATO] forces and are threatening to kill or harm their relatives if they do not surrender, according to a confidential UN threat assessment,” The Times of London reported on Saturday.

U.S., NATO Scramble to Airlift Thousands As Pull-Out Deadline Looms

Since the fall of Kabul five days ago, over 18,000 Western and Afghan nationals have been evacuated, NATO sources confirm.

Thousands of U.S. nationals could still be stranded in the country. “It is estimated to be around 11,000 to 15,000 US citizens and dual US-Afghan citizens along with family members, as well as tens of thousands of Afghans who may also be at risk,” British newspaper The Guardian reported on Friday.

The enormity of the task means that the U.S. troops will be in Afghanistan beyond the August 31 deadline set by the Biden administration.

German broadcasters Deutsche Welle reported the details of the U.S. and NATO-led evacuation:

The effort to evacuate foreigners and Afghan nationals from Afghanistan is in full swing, a NATO official told Reuters news agency. The official said more than 18,000 people have been evacuated since Sunday.

Thousands of people, desperate to flee the country, continued to throng the airport, the official who declined to be identified said.

The Biden administration, meanwhile, said the United States has evacuated around 9,000 people, including around 3,000 on Thursday.

A White House official said they included 350 US citizens, their families, Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants and vulnerable Afghan nationals.

The US State Department said Thursday it was sending more consular officers to Kabul and other locations, including Qatar and Kuwait, to help with the evacuation effort.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said 6,000 fully processed people were currently at the airport in Kabul and would soon be boarding planes.

Afghans Raise the Flag of Resistance Against Taliban

While the Taliban have wrested control over most of the country, a small pocket of resistance is emerging in the northern Afghan valley of Panjshir, just 70 miles from capital Kabul. For the first time since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, the flag of the Northern Alliance has risen in the valley.

“The flag of the ‘Northern Alliance'”…”has been hoisted for the time since 2001 in Panjshir valley,” the Indian newspaper The Hindustan Times reported. “Afghan soldiers, who had managed to hide themselves from Taliban troops, are also apparently beginning to arrive in Panjshir at the call of Ahmad Massoud.” the newspaper added.

The retreating Afghan soldiers and militia have been joined by the ousted Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh, who has declared himself the caretaker president after Ashraf Ghani fled the country after the fall of Kabul. According to the UK newspaper The Independent, “a number of political and military leaders with connections to both the newly-ousted government and the resistance of old appear to be regrouping.”

The control of the valley by the anti-Taliban resistance has a symbolic significance. The region remained undefeated during the Soviet occupation of the country and the subsequent Taliban rule. The valley became a staging post for the U.S. military and Afghan rebels as they drove out the Taliban in 2001.

[The author served as personal secretary to the German ambassador in Uzbekistan during the early years of NATO deployment in Afghanistan]

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The new diversity and tolerance. Put that on the same pile as equity.

    Ben Kent in reply to Pasadena Phil. | August 20, 2021 at 10:43 am

    What’s to stop Taliban from over-running the airport ? They have over 40,000 soldiers and we have only 5,000. They could shell the airport with artillery and our soldiers will then be stranded. They can take our soldiers as prisoners of war. Use them as a bargaining chip. Other than a stern warning from Biden – what’s stopping them ? They hate America They think we are the devil. So, how long before they attack the airport?

      TargaGTS in reply to Ben Kent. | August 20, 2021 at 11:38 am

      We have the 24th MEU and many elements of 10th Mountain and 82nd Airborne at that airport. The Taliban would need a lot more than 40K troops to take that installation.

        Ben Kent in reply to TargaGTS. | August 20, 2021 at 11:44 am

        This is not a fortified facility like Bagram was.
        Can we hurt them – yes – mainly by air. That is deterrent.
        But we would lose – most of the soldiers would be KIA, MIA or POW.

        Ben Kent in reply to TargaGTS. | August 20, 2021 at 11:46 am

        There is a potential for this to get really ugly.

          UserP in reply to Ben Kent. | August 20, 2021 at 12:06 pm

          Taliban are not disiplined soldiers who strictly carry out orders such as “do not to hurt Americans”. They are are independent Muslims who support the Sharia cause and they come and go at will. If they feel like killing, they kill. And most of the time they feel like killing.

        texansamurai in reply to TargaGTS. | August 20, 2021 at 2:42 pm

        would not have to take the base–fastest way to shut down an airport(at least for fixed-wing operations)is to destroy/significantly damage the runways–couple of mortar companies could easily do the job

    The left owns genocide. And there is a coming genocide in Afgahistan because of Biden/Harris’ acts, with Pelosi’s express support.

    They own it.

    The bigger problem is they are planning to aim America’s military guns at you and I.

Such kind, compassionate people! How long before the Taliban have a seat in Congress?

The world would be a better place without ’em.

    Exiliado in reply to scooterjay. | August 20, 2021 at 10:18 am

    Yes, the world would be a better place.
    That makes one wonder, what the heck did we do over the span of 20 years?

    A reasonable person would think that 20 years was plenty of time to eradicate, or at the very least reduce them to a harmless bunch of fanatics.
    Instead we put them back in power?
    Provision them with military equipment?

      JusticeDelivered in reply to Exiliado. | August 20, 2021 at 4:42 pm

      What we did was create conditions which allowed them to double their numbers on our dime. Maybe we can fix that.

So it seems that the biden regime is not satisfied with leaving Americans in danger.
It turns out that Americans are required to sign a promissory note for up to $2000.00 for a flight back home, and they are being notified that they will not be able to renew their passports until they pay it.
Best thing about it?
The rule seems to be for Americans only, not for Afghanis. The biden regime sure knows their priorities. American are second, third, fourth class citizens.

Osama bin Laden BANNED al Qaeda from trying to assassinate Joe Biden because he believed he would be an incompetent president and ‘lead the US into a crisis’

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9911499/Osama-bin-Laden-predicted-Joe-Biden-lead-America-crisis.html

Yeah. Blame it on the dead guy.

In her Thursday’s post, Mary Chastain covered the repression of Afghan women at the hands of the Taliban and noted the deafening silence of the Western feminists.
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this–what more in-your-face evidence would the hypocrites of the “squad” and their minions require than the publice execution of protesters (many of them women and none of them armed) opposed to the re-imposition of sharia law and the subsequent tyranny against women that will ensue?

as descriptors, revolting and disgusting do not even begin to approach the level of hypocrisy and deceit of the “squad” and those who support them

and that they are members of congress, in the 21st century, in these united states

lord

Remember these feckless bastards? “National Security Leaders”?

What a joke they are. Our ruling class is composed of dangerous fools.

https://web.archive.org/web/20201103085548/https://www.nationalsecurityleaders4biden.com/

The last sentence of their letter to America:

“Joe Biden has the character, principles, wisdom, and leadership necessary to address a world on fire. That is why Joe Biden must be the next President of the United States; why we vigorously support his election; and why we urge our fellow citizens to do the same.”

I hope they all choke to death on a copious serving of their favorite dish:

SMOKED CROW

    UserP in reply to CDR D. | August 20, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    “I hope they all choke to death on a copious serving of their favorite dish: SMOKED CROW”

    Half of the time it’s not even smoked.

the taliban are a bunch of bush-league terrorists and slojoe has nothing–heaven forbid that a really serious(and equipped)threat arises(china, for example)–what then from slojoe ?

The damn fool UK and US militaries are mass-evacuating Afghans. Wanna bet a bunch of them are Taliban?

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