Foreign media such as The Guardian reported on the 26th (local time) that the Taliban, an Islamic militant group, has taken over each region of Afghanistan, and the damage to civilians is rapidly increasing.
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In particular, a video of dozens of pro-government figures, including famous comedians, being dragged out of their homes and executed in the southern province of Kandahar, which was a key base for the Taliban in the past, is shocking.
British media The Sun reported on the same day that “the Taliban are roaming homes in the southern Kandahar province looking for pro-government figures. Dozens have been publicly executed, including the famous comedian Nazar Mohammed.”
Kandahar Province is the location of Afghanistan’s second city, Kandahar, after the capital Kabul, and the Taliban used it as a key base during the past reign of power (1996-2001). On the 25th, AFP news agency reported that fighting continued outside the city of Kandahar.
The Sun explained, “The Taliban are inflicting a sense of fear by inflicting atrocities on the residents outside the city.” Social activist Mina Naderi testified that “the Taliban are committing war crimes, including massacres of civilians who did not participate in the fighting and destruction of houses and shops.”
Previously, CNN reported that an Afghan, who had worked as a US interpreter for 16 months, was captured and beheaded by the Taliban on May 12, based on the testimony of local witnesses and acquaintances.
According to a report released by the United Nations Afghanistan Assistance Agency (UNAMA) on the 26th, 2,392 civilian casualties (783 deaths) have been reported since May 1, the date when the US withdrawal began. This is the highest level since 2009 when statistics were compiled.
In response, the British daily The Guardian emphasized, “Women, regardless of age, are particularly affected. “The United Nations is still seriously concerned that crimes against civilians that occur in sparsely populated areas such as the outskirts of cities and rural areas may migrate to urban areas,” he said.
Meanwhile, according to US military analysis, the Taliban are preparing to advance into major cities including the capital Kabul after occupying more than 210 out of 420 districts in Afghanistan.
The Afghan government has imposed night curfews in 31 of 34 provinces to stop the Taliban from invading urban areas. The US government also expressed its stance that it will continue to support the Afghan government even after the August 31 deadline for the completion of the withdrawal.
However, there are testimonies in the local area that “the government forces surrender their weapons, ammunition and night vision goggles to the Taliban, but they do not fight properly.”
“There will be no peace in Afghanistan until a new government is established in Kabul and President Ashraf Ghani resigns,” Taliban spokesman Suhail Shahin said in an interview with the Associated Press on the 23rd. “Under the new government, women will be allowed to work, go to school and participate in politics,” he said.
However, the Guardian reported on the 4th that “the Taliban are forcing women in occupied territories to be unable to go out without a male guardian and to use facilities such as schools.”
By Kim Hong-beom, staff reporter firstname.lastname@example.org