Taliban commander: “All girls over the age of 15 and widows younger than 40 should be married to the insurgent fighters.”
As U.S. President Joe Biden is busy blaming former President Donald Trump, the deposed Afghan government, and everyone else in between for the Afghanistan debacle he unleashed, the Taliban is mass-murdering, raping, and pillaging its way to a Sharia-governed Islamic state.
With Taliban forces consolidating their hold on the country, media reports suggest mass execution of unarmed government soldiers at the hands of the jihadi fighters. Video clips circulating on social media show Taliban fighters shooting into a crowd of government soldiers with their hands raised in surrender.
Ahead of the fall of Kabul, the U.S. embassy learned of similar massacres elsewhere. The embassy noted on its Twitter account that it was “hearing additional reports of Taliban executions of surrendering Afghan troops” and adding they were “deeply disturbing and could constitute war crimes.”
With Kabul under their control, Taliban fighters carry out door-to-door searches, looking for former government officials, security personnel, and critics. The Taliban has drawn up “kill lists” to eliminate the “enemies” of the newly-declared Islamic Emirate, UK’s Daily Mirror reported.
Taliban fighters “are hunting down former officials, ex police, soldiers and anyone who worked with the former Kabul government – or with coalition forces,” the newspaper added.
Even as the Taliban claim that they want a "peaceful transfer" of power, many displaced Afghan women have reported atrocities in recent days. They are fleeing their homes, fearing murder, rape and forced marriage. pic.twitter.com/LDkNRuiK2U
— DW News (@dwnews) August 17, 2021
Taliban’s “behavior in recent weeks suggests they will seek revenge on at least some of those who worked for the government or foreign countries,” The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. “As militants gained ground across Afghanistan, residents of places under their control reported summary executions of government soldiers, forced marriages between women and Taliban fighters and unprovoked attacks on civilians.”
The WSJ also reported early signs of the imposition of Sharia:
Turban-clad insurgents searched the phones of passersby for evidence of government contacts or compromising material they might deem un-Islamic. Bridal dress advertisements that showed women with exposed strands of hair were covered in fresh white paint. Stores were shut across the city.
Following the Sharia law and the rules of Jihad warfare, the Taliban fighters are treating Afghan women as war booty. “Taliban commanders have demanded that communities turn over unmarried women to become “wives” for their fighters,” The WSJ reported in a separate article.
“All girls over the age of 15 and widows younger than 40 should be married to the insurgent fighters,” a Taliban commander was quoted saying by The WSJ.
This is just a foretaste of what Afghanistan under the Taliban rule is going to look like. In the 1990s, the Taliban used soccer stadiums to stage public executions. They stoned women for “adulatory,” shot them for wearing “tight clothes,” and whipped them for the “crime” of speaking to a man on the phone.
“Under Taliban rule, people could be publicly executed for adultery or have limbs amputated for theft. Girls were discouraged from going to school, and music and dancing were banned,” the CBS noted, putting things mildly.DONATE
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