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SO MUCH FOR THE NEW SOFT-FOCUSED, LIGHT-HEARTED TALIBAN, THE ONE WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO RESPECT WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND KEEP ITS END OF THE AGREEMENT NOT TO ATTACK WESTERN INTERESTS.
The withdrawal of partner soldiers from Afghanistan is still four days away, according to a deadline agreed upon by the US and the Taliban, ostensibly in exchange for the latter committing to never again allow terrorists to operate in regions under their control. Those attempting to flee the nation were targeted by explosions and gunfire yesterday outside Kabul airport, killing at least 72 people and disrupting the evacuation operation.
While the strikes are the work of ISIS-K, Taliban soldiers have been reported blocking roads to prevent westerners and Afghans with a right to accompany rescue flights from reaching the airport.
After 20 years of military participation, the West has agreed to withdraw from Afghanistan, but the Taliban refuses to let us depart in peace.
But the harrowing scenes we’ve seen over the last few weeks desperate Afghans hanging from planes, girls being forced out of school, women being ordered back into burqas, menacing Taliban visits to the homes of those accused of cooperating with the West, the murder of dissidents like a comedian who mocked the Taliban on TikTok are nothing compared to what I fear will happen next.
There are indications. Purges on a magnitude that would impress even Joseph Stalin are taking place in Afghanistan. I’ll be shocked if we don’t see mass, public executions of Taliban opponents by this time next week.
The Taliban’s recent behavior serves as a warning: never make relationships with terror groups and expect them to act honorably.
Regardless of the Taliban’s assurances not to let terror groups to operate on their turf, as they did when Al-Qaeda planned the 9/11 attacks, the Taliban is a terror organisation in and of itself.
When it has had the opportunity, it has oppressed and murdered people. During its first decade in power, in the 1990s, it maintained its reign by instilling fear among the population.
To believe that is really naive. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”