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Smiling Taliban militants declare 'Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan' as they pose for p
Smiling Taliban militants declare 'Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan' as they pose for photos in presidential palace

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The Taliban has declared the 'Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan' after capturing the Air force, Army bases and the presidential palace of the country on Sunday, August 15.

This comes as US, UK and Western nations hastily evacuate their citizens and diplomatic staff out of the country.

This comes after Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani departed the country on Sunday as the Taliban advanced further into the capital Kabul.
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Taliban fighters entered Kabul and demanded the unconditional surrender of the central government. 
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Footage on social media showed the militants celebrating as they took over the Bagram airbase, the heavily fortified military base that has housed US troops the last two decades.
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The militants could also be seen in the presidential palace, beaming with smiles as they posed for photos while another set of militants posed in the conference room used by the president while he ruled.
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Also disturbing footage on social media showed thousands scrambling to get out of the capital amid fears the militants could reimpose a brutal rule that eliminated women and minority rights when they last held power.
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 Helicopters could also be seen racing overhead throughout the day to evacuate personnel from the US and UK Embassy while smoke rose near the embassy compound as staff destroyed important sensitive documents.
Many cities fell to the Taliban without a fight after tribal elders stepped in to negotiate the withdrawal of government forces in order to avoid bloodshed.

The militants told foreigners in Kabul to either leave or register their presence with Taliban administrators.

Thousands of Afghan nationals could also be seen rushing to the Pakistan border on Sunday, in a move signalling the end of the 20-year intervention by the US and NATO after the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington DC.   
With these turn of events, the Taliban will now restart it's hardcore Islamic rule in the country where women don't come out during the day and if they no part of their body or face must show and they must walk with either thier husband or father.
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Quote:Chaos At Kabul Airport As Thousands Tries To Flee Afghanistan (Pictures)

Thousands of desperate Afghans are gathering at Kabul airport in chaotic scenes after the Afghan capital fell to the Taliban who have announced a new 'Islamic Emirate'.

Video from Kabul showed panicked stampedes to the gates of the airport, while some passengers were forced to get off their commercial flights when departures were stopped.

Thousands of passengers were filmed thronging the tarmac by Afghan businessman Shoaib Barak who said he was forced to get off his KamAir flight after boarding and heard gunfire.

The speed of the Taliban advance has taken almost everyone by surprise and Afghans who had booked commercial flights to escape the Taliban face being forced to remain in Afghanistan.

Westerners will be evacuated by their home nations on military flights but the Taliban has said that it will not allow Afghan citizens to leave.

Harrowing pictures show people waiting near Kabul Airport's runway to escape from the country's capital as the Taliban entered the presidential palace.

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Taliban militants hoisted their flag as they sat around a table in a government building on Sunday.

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Timeline: Taliban’s Rapid Advance Across Afghanistan

A look at the armed group’s significant milestones as it renews its push to capture major cities across the war-torn country.

In three months, the Taliban has more than doubled its territory.

The Taliban has taken control of Qalat, Terenkot, Pul-e Alam, Feruz Koh, Qala-e Naw and Lashkar Gah, raising the number of captured Afghan provincial capitals to 17.

The armed group has made rapid advances since launching its offensive in May while troops from the United States and NATO nations leave the war-torn country after 20 years.

The offensive comes as talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government on a political understanding to lead to a peace deal, backed by the US and its allies, have failed to make significant progress.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of some of the group’s major milestones and advances in recent months:

April 14: Biden announces plan for US troop withdrawal

President Joe Biden announces US troops will withdraw from Afghanistan starting from May 1 and ending on September 11, bringing the US’s longest war to a close. It was an extension of the previous withdrawal deadline of May 1 agreed between the US and the Taliban.

May 4: Taliban launches offensive
Taliban fighters launch a major offensive on Afghan forces in southern Helmand province. They also attack in at least six other provinces.

May 11: Taliban captures Nerkh
The Taliban captures Nerkh district just outside the capital Kabul as violence intensifies across the country.

June 7: More than 150 Afghan soldiers killed
Senior government officials say more than 150 Afghan soldiers are killed in 24 hours as fighting worsens. They add that fighting is raging in 26 of the country’s 34 provinces.

June 22: Series of attacks in northern Afghanistan
Taliban fighters launch a series of attacks in the north of the country, far from their traditional strongholds in the south, and the UN envoy for Afghanistan says they have taken more than 50 of 370 districts.

July 2: Sudden US troop withdrawal from Bagram base
American troops quietly pull out of their main military base in Afghanistan, the Bagram airbase, an hour’s drive from Kabul.

The withdrawal effectively ends the US involvement in the Afghanistan war.

July 5: Taliban says working on a peace plan
The Taliban says it could present a written peace proposal to the Afghan government as soon as August.

July 21: Taliban controls half of Afghanistan’s districts
The Taliban gains control of about half of the country’s districts, according to the senior US general, underlining the scale and speed of their advance.

July 26: US promises continued support to Afghan Govt
The US promised to continue to support Afghan troops “in the coming weeks” with intensified air attacks to help them counter Taliban attacks.

July 26: Afghan civilian death toll rises
The United Nations says nearly 2,400 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded in May and June in escalating violence, the highest number for those months since records started in 2009.

August 6: Taliban seizes Zaranj, other provinces
Zaranj, August 6: The Taliban take over the capital of Nimruz province in the south, the first provincial capital to fall to the group since it stepped up attacks on Afghan forces in early May.

Sheberghan, August 7:
The Taliban declare they have captured the entire northern province of Jawzjan, including its capital Sheberghan.

Heavy fighting is reported in the city, and government buildings are taken over by the Taliban. Afghan security forces say they are still fighting there.

Sar-e-Pul, August 8:
The Taliban take control of Sar-e-Pul, capital of the eponymous northern province. It is the first of three provincial centres that fell on the same day.

Kunduz, August 8:
Taliban fighters seize control of the northern city of 270,000 people, regarded as a strategic prize as it lies at the gateway to mineral-rich northern provinces and Central Asia.

Government forces say they are resisting the Taliban from an army base and the airport.

Taluqan, August 8:
The capital of Takhar province, also in the north, falls to the Taliban in the evening. They freed prisoners and force government officials to flee.

Aybak, August 9:
The capital of the northern province of Samangan is overrun by Taliban fighters.

Farah, August 10:
Local sources confirmed the fall of the capital of the western province of the same name.

Pul-e-Khumri, August 10:
The capital of the central province of Baghlan falls to the Taliban, according to officials and residents.

Faizabad, August 11:
The capital of the northeastern province of Badakhshan is under Taliban control, a provincial council member says.

Ghazni, August 12:
The capital of the southeastern province of Ghazni is seized and all local government officials flee to Kabul.

Herat, August 12:
The capital of Herat province in the west of the country, the third-largest city, has fallen to the Taliban after two weeks of fighting.

Kandahar, August 12:
The capital of the southern province of Kandahar is under the armed group’s control.

Lashkar Gah, August 13:
The capital of Helmand province in the south is taken over by the Taliban.

Qala-e Naw, August 13: The capital of the western Badghis province is captured.

Feruz Koh, August 13:
Taliban fighters takes control of Feruz Koh city in Afghanistan’s western province of Ghor without any fighting.

Pul-e Alam, August 13:
The Taliban seizes the capital of the central province of Logar and captures the governor and the head of the city’s spy agency.

Terakot, August 13:
The capital of the southern Uruzgan province is captured and the governor escapes to Kabul.

Qalat, August 13:
The capital of Zabul province in Afghanistan’s south, becomes the 18th city taken over by the Taliban.


Quote:Jalalabad, August 15:
An Afghan lawmaker and the Taliban say the militants have seized Jalalabad, cutting off Kabul to the east.

Amid the Taliban's rapid gains, U.S., British and Canadian forces are rushing troops in to help their diplomatic staffs withdraw.

Khost, Wardak, Kapisa, Bamyan, Parwan; August 15:
The Taliban took control of Wardak, Khost, Kapisa, and Bamyan provinces. Only 4 provinces remain (still haven't seen confirmation of Nuristan). It is only a matter of the government surrendering or fighting for Kabul.

Kandahar, Herat, Lashkar Gah, Zabul, Nimroz, Farah, Kunduz and Ghazni, Jalalabad, Mazar-i-Sharif and Kabul are the largest cities in Afghanistan.

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Re: Timeline: Taliban’s Rapid Advance Across Afghanistan by HonNL1:10pm On Aug 15
The Taliban is retaking Afghanistan. Here’s how the Islamist group rebuilt and what it wants.

Quote:After two decades of fighting in Afghanistan, the Taliban is on the verge of seizing power again for the first time since 2001.

The fundamentalist force that seeks to install Islamic law has blitzed across the country, overrunning one city after another and closing in on Kabul as the United States has withdrawn troops this summer. Few places outside the imperiled Afghan capital remain under the control of the Western-backed government, which is pleading for the international community to help fend off a complete takeover.

Hundreds of thousands of civilians are fleeing, setting off a humanitarian crisis that could ripple around the globe. Those who’ve stayed are reckoning with the return of extremist rule under the Taliban’s interpretation of Islam. Militants have shuttered girls’ schools, banned smartphones in some places and forced young men to join their ranks, they say.

What is the Taliban?

The Taliban first rose to power in Afghanistan in the 1990s, formed by guerrilla fighters who drove out Soviet forces in the previous decade with support from the CIA and Pakistani intelligence services. Most of their members are Pashtuns, the largest ethnic group in the country. The name means students in Pashto.

The founder, Mohammad Omar, a commander in the anti-Soviet resistance, launched the movement in 1994 to secure the southeastern city of Kandahar, which was plagued by crime and violence. The Taliban’s vision of justice helped them amass power. “At the time people really wanted law and order, and there was none,” said Kamran Bokhari of the Newlines Institute, a foreign policy think tank.

In the fall of 1996, the Taliban seized Kabul and declared the country an Islamic emirate. Taliban rule was brutal and repressive. Women had virtually no rights, were barred from education and forced to wear clothing that covered their entire body. Music and other forms of media were banned.

The Taliban’s ideology was similar to that of its counterpart al-Qaeda, though its interests were limited to ruling Afghanistan. In exchange for help fighting groups aligned with the nation’s government, Taliban leaders harbored Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaeda members involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. A U.S.-led coalition ousted the regime later that year.

In late July 2015, the Afghan government confirmed that Omar had died in April 2013 in Karachi, Pakistan.

How did the Taliban regain strength?

After being ousted, the Taliban scattered. Some leaders found sanctuary in Pakistan, where they began to fortify themselves with help from the Pakistani security establishment. In Afghanistan, the presence of U.S. forces helped provide the Taliban with an anti-colonialist rallying cry for recruits. So did corruption in the Afghan government.

“For two decades now, the Taliban movement has been slowly chipping away, village by village,” said Robert Crews, an expert on Afghanistan at Stanford University. “It’s a very sophisticated kind of ground game of grass-roots mobilization.”

Militants also replenished their ranks through a campaign of fear and violence. People who enlisted in police forces or the national army were assassinated. Public intellectuals, journalists, media figures and others who represent the young face of Afghanistan’s civil society were also targeted.

Afghan troops, their ranks dogged by incompetence and corruption, have withered in the face of the Taliban incursion.

“People are asking, ‘Do I want to die for an administration that has not sent my unit ammunition? We’ve not been paid in months, we’re out of food. Now the Americans are gone',” Crews said. “It seems kind of hopeless.”

The grand illusion: Hiding the truth about the Afghanistan war’s ‘conclusion

How is the Taliban funded and armed?

The Taliban gets its funding from a variety of sources. Some money comes from the opium trade and drug dealing, or other crimes such as smuggling. The group taxes and extorts farms and other businesses. Militants are sometimes involved in kidnapping for ransom.

The group also gets donations from a wide array of benefactors who support its cause or view it as an useful asset, experts said.

“It’s not really the case that they need a whole lot of money to operate,” Bokhari said. “They don’t live in big houses. They don’t wear fancy clothes. The biggest expense is salary and weapons and training.”

Arms are easy to come by in a region awash in them. Some are donated, others purchased. Many are stolen.

“As the Afghanistan national army has folded,” Crews said, “one of the first moves the Taliban has made in moving into new territory is to go to a government headquarters, arrest or kill those figures, open the prisons, and then go to the government bases and seize the weapons.”

In some tribal areas, including in Pakistan, a “cottage industry” of foundries has sprung up where workers fashion assault-style rifles, according to Bokhari.

‘Why did my friend get blown up? For what?’: Afghanistan war veterans horrified by Taliban gains

What is the Taliban’s goal?

The Taliban’s aim is simple, experts said: to take back what the group lost in the early 2000s.

“They want their Islamic emirate back in power,” Crews said. “They want their vision of Islamic law.”

He continued: “They don’t want a parliament. They don’t want electoral politics. They have an emir and they have a council of mullahs, and that’s the vision they see as best for Islam.”

There does not seem to be a single leader of the Taliban, but the group seems to have several main leaders.

Whether life under Taliban rule will be the same as it once was remains unclear. There’s little doubt that the group wants to confine women to their homes, end mixed-gender education and bring back a society with Islamic law at the center.

But a civil society has burgeoned in the past two decades that didn’t exist before. Women have assumed public positions not just in Kabul but also in smaller cities. Cellphones and social media are common. Experts questioned whether the Taliban would be able to govern a population that has changed.

“There are lot of people who are better connected to the world through social media and say, ‘Hey, why can’t we have a life like that?’ ” Crews said. “What will they do with a society that believes in pluralism and doesn’t believe in monopolization of power? To what extent will Taliban violence silence those voices?”
Afghanistan: Five people die during desperate attempts to climb airplanes at Kabul airport and flee the Taliban (Photos)

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Five people have reportedly died during desperate attempts to climb airplanes at Kabul airport and flee the Taliban
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There was pandemonium on the civilian side of the airport, where hundreds crowded around non-military planes as the Taliban rapidly captured the capital.

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Pictures on social media show people rushing onto an elevated gateway to reach planes, resulting in casualties on the tarmac resulting in five deaths.

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The British and UK Government have admitted it could take weeks to get everyone out, while locals made increasingly desperate attempts to flee the Islamist militants.

The chaos at the airport comes after the Taliban took over Afghanistan on Sunday and the president Ashraf Ghani fled Afghanistan on Sunday, while US military helicopters have been whisking diplomats to the airport, where many are holed up in scenes compared to the evacuation of Saigon during the Vietnam War.

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Quote:Afghanistan: 800 People Crammed Into A US Plane As They Escape From Kabul

US air force plane touched down safely in Qatar yesterday after carrying more than five times its suggested load when hundreds of desperate Afghan refugees flooded the plane.

Reach 871, a C-17 Globemaster III massive military cargo plane used by the US and its allies for the past 30 years, flew from Kabul International Airport late on Sunday, local time.

According to US defence officials, and photos obtained by Defence One, the crew safely evacuated more than 640 Afghan people.

Authorities believe the passenger load was likely one of the largest ever flown by a C-17.

The cargo plane had not been planning on carrying so many passengers however hundreds of Afghans, cleared to evacuate, managed to pull themselves up onto the aircraft’s half-open ramp.

A video posted on Sunday showed Afghans already in the plane pulling other people up as they all crowded around the aircraft.

Faced with either forcing the extra refugees off the aircraft or attempting to take off, “the crew made the decision to go”, an official told Defence One.

“Approximately 640 Afghan civilians disembarked the aircraft when it arrived at its destination,” another official said.

Initial reports suggested there were as many as 800 people on the plane, with audio revealing the flight crew also believed there to be up to 800 people.

Horrific scenes at Kabul Airport

Thousands of people swarmed Kabul Airport as the Taliban surrounded the Afghan capital.

A US official said a number of cargo planes took off with hundreds of people on-board.

There were also horrific scenes at the airport as desperate refugees, unable to get inside the C-17 planes, instead clung to the wings and landing gear as the aircraft took off.

Footage from Kabul Airport showed at least two people falling to their death after the planes took off.

Senior US military officials told the Associated Press at least seven people were dead at the airport, including those who fell from the departing American military transport jet.

Shortly after the scenes from the runway emerged, footage showed Afghans clamouring onto the side of the C-17 and clinging on to its undercarriage as it struggled down the tarmac.

Subsequent footage also showed people falling from the sky.

Online reports indicate at least 12 people were seen holding onto the landing gear as the plane took off. It appears most of those were young men.


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Update: British student stuck in Afghanistan on holiday evacuated to safety

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A British student who claimed he was stuck in Kabul after going on holiday to Afghanistan 'because it was dangerous'  has been 'evacuated'.

Miles Routledge, 21, said he had been abandoned by the British Embassy in the Afghan capital and was hiding in a United Nations safe house following several failed attempts to escape the city.  

Mr. Routlege,  rom Birmingham had visited the country thinking it'll be safe to visit because the country would not fall to the Taliban for several months.

But on Sunday, August 15, Taliban troops rolled into the capital, seizing power as president Ashraf Ghani ran for his life.

The Loughborough physics student has now shared an update, saying he has been rescued from Taliban territory and had been able to catch a flight to Dubai. 

Mr Routledge wrote on Facebook: 'Got Evacuated at 4ish (it's 2am now) with 100 or so other civilians, couldn't message as there were cars emitting signals that would set off bombs, it blocked my airpods from connecting so I think it blocked all wifi/data. 

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'The Taliban let us go through the airport and we met many of them, very long transition period but everyone was smiling and waving at one another, some took selfies with them. I slept on a dirt/gravel road and woke up as cars went by. We're in a new safe house and we're all hydrated, happy and ready for a few hours of sleep.' 

Shortly after he posted an update saying: 'On the flight out we aren't allowed any liquids at all, no razors and only 1 bag up to 10kg so everyone is tossing all their belongings into a pile. 

'People are donating each other their items because they can't carry them. Some lads stuffed my body armour and bag with protein bars, over 20 of them. Very happy man (right now). Thank you lads.' 
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Taliban thugs murder victims and dump bodies in mass graves despite promising peaceful transfer of power (photos)

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The Taliban have been carrying out more brutal murders and dumping their victims in mass graves, it has been claimed.
Taliban insurgents took over the capital Kabul on Sunday, August 15.

As thousands try to flee the country, the militants promised to grant government workers amnesty and pledged there will be "no revenge on anyone".

However, reports of atrocities have already emerged in the southern province of Kandahar.
Disturbing pictures obtained by the Daily Star purport to show Taliban members disposing of corpses in mass graves.
Its members are said to be targeting anyone they consider as "traitors" - those associated with the Afghan government, soldiers, NATO, NGOs, and journalists.
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David Otto, counter-terrorism and organised crime expert at Global Risk International, told the Daily Star: "This is a known Taliban terror tactic to generate fear and little resistance from state forces, especially for an insurgency group that intends to control strategic locations in a large contested country.
"The Taliban understands that cruel news spreads faster. As soon as other districts get information of how bad the Taliban is treating captured state forces, the resistance level in ensuing districts is lessened.

"These arbitrary arrests, intimidation, and mass murder tactics are what accounted for many Afghan security forces to flee to neighbouring states or surrender and hand over their weapons to the Taliban without putting up any resistance."
Taliban members have also begun searching houses to collect weapons and anyone on its "blacklist".
The group may even start killing Government officials despite previous assurances, it has been warned.
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Mr Otto continued: "If the Taliban is isolated, it may even be more dangerous to international peace and security now that they have access to and in possession of trillions of dollars worth of US coalition trained military personnel and equipment.
"With this power and resources, nothing will stop the Taliban from providing training and other support to terrorist groups like al-Qaeda."

Tadin Khan, former police chief of the southern province, told The Times that security forces or government employees had been dragged from their homes and murdered in Kandahar. Many of them were killed in the town of Spin Boldak, on the border with Pakistan.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the organisation had received "accounts of mounting human rights violations against the women and girls of Afghanistan".
He added: "We cannot and must not abandon the people of Afghanistan."
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Quote:Afghan Women Scream ‘The Taliban Are Coming' As They Beg Troops To Save Them

: DESPERATE Afghan women screamed "the Taliban are coming" as they begged troops to save them through the fence at Kabul airport.

Women were filmed reaching their hands through iron railings towards American troops while screaming for help as Afghans face a new horror reality under the ruthless rule of the Taliban.

Taliban gunmen have now surrounded the airport - the only route out of the war-torn country for thousands of refugees and foreign nationals stranded in the capital and nearby provinces.

The militants have reportedly been funnelling people towards a gate on the south side of the airport and demanding documents before civilians can pass.

Shocking video footage also showed crowds pushed up against concrete walls on the airport's north side with shots being fired over the heads of men, women and children to keep them back.

General Sir Nick Carter, the UK's chief of the defence staff, said they are working with the Taliban to ensure people can leave - but he warned there are "a lot of challenges on the ground".

Last night, Taliban thugs reportedly attacked women and children with whips and sticks before firing their guns amid chaos at the airport.

At least half dozen people were injured, including a mother and young boy


It comes as around 20,000 Afghans will be flown to Britain to escape the Taliban in one of the biggest resettlements in our history.

The PM will vow to rescue women and girls in particular from the clutches of the fanatics.

He will vow to honour the "debt" the country owes the Afghan people by rescuing the most vulnerable.

The programme — one of the biggest of its kind in British history — will focus on giving asylum to women, girls and religious minorities fleeing persecution.
It will run for five years, with 5,000 Afghans offered asylum this year alone.


Meanwhile, a Taliban leader declared their victory a "proud moment for the nation" yesterday and vowed to impose Sharia law on Afghanistan.

Zabihullah Mujahid appeared in public for the first time after 20 years in the shadows after the fanatics' stunning success in defeating the government.

Mujahid said the Taliban "are committed to the rights of women" - but added that would be "under the system of Sharia".

Many had doubted he even existed but in an extraordinary moment he took to the stage to say "after 20 years of struggle we have emancipated our country and expelled foreigners".

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Woman 'executed by Taliban for not wearing burqa' as fighters patrol streets (graphic photo)

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A woman in Afghanistan was killed by the Taliban for not wearing a burqa in public, according to reports.
A photo of the alleged killing published by Fox News on Wednesday, August 18, shows a woman's body lying in a pool of blood as several people crouch around her.
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The victim was allegedly executed for going out in Taloqan, Takhar province, without a burqa.
Terrifying footage also shows a group of Taliban fighters driving down a street in a 4x4 vehicle, opening fire as their flag flutters in the wind.
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The news comes as reports suggest that death squads are hunting down activists and government workers, and those who worked with western organisations, especially during the last fall of the Taliban after 9/11.
The incidents come despite the new Taliban leadership promising amnesty and pledging there will be no reprisal attacks.

Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said that it would not seek revenge against those who had fought against it and would protect the rights of Afghan women "within the rules of Sharia law".
But, an Afghan and former State Department contractor told Fox News that Taliban fighters had been beating civilians trying to get to the airport to escape the country.
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He said: "There was kids, women, babies, old women, they could barely walk. They [are in a] very, very bad situation, I'm telling you.
"At the end, I was thinking that there was like 10,000 or more than 10,000 people, and they’re running into the airport … The Taliban [were] beating people and the people were jumping from the fence, the concertina wire, and also the wall."
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The source also said that squads of Taliban fighters were patrolling neighbourhoods in search of people who had assisted the US Army.
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He said that a squad of Taliban fighters had questioned his neighbours about him.
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Quote:Haji Mullah Achakzai Executed By Taliban (Photos, Video)

: A HORRIFYING video has emerged online that appears to show the Taliban brutally executing a police chief.

The footage, that was circulating on Twitter on Thursday, appears to show Haji Mullah Achakzai kneeling on the ground blindfolded before being gunned down.

The commander, based in the Badghis province near Herat in Afghanistan, was reportedly arrested by the Taliban after they seized the area.

Afghan security adviser and friend of Achakzai, Nasser Waziri, told Newsweek that the jihadist group shared the disturbing footage through a Taliban-related network.

Mr Waziri verified the footage with other government officials and police officers.

"He was surrounded by the Taliban and had no choice but to surrender last night," Mr Waziri said.

"The Taliban targeted Achakzai because he was a high-ranking intelligence official."

General Achakzai, in his early 60s, was a known enemy of the Taliban and fought against the group in the decades-long conflict.

The Taliban had insisted that there would be no acts of vengeance against former enemies after their takeover of the country on Saturday.

But according to Amnesty International, Taliban fights massacred nine ethnic Hazara men after they took control of the province of Ghazni in July.

According to eyewitness accounts, six men were shot while three were tortured to death in the village of Mundarakht between July 4 and 6.

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Taliban fighters now 'flogging' people in the streets for wearing western clothing

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Taliban fighters are reportedly flogging Afghan civilians in the streets for wearing 'westernised' clothing such as jeans following their takeover of 

Several civilians have posted on social media they had been beaten and whipped by members of the Taliban for wearing jeans after being accused of disrespecting Islam.  

One social media post says the boys were 'walking with friends in Kabul,' when they were confronted by Taliban soldiers. Two of their friends escaped, the youth said, but the others were held at gunpoint and they were beaten and whipped in the street. 

A Taliban official told local newspaper Etilaatroz that the movement was still deciding on the dress code for men, but reports suggest the Taliban is unwilling to allow 'westernised' clothing that deviates from traditional 'Afghan dress'. 

The Telegraph reported earlier that sales of burqas have surged in Afghanistan amid a two-fold increase in prices.

Etilaatroz newspaper also reported over the weekend that one of its journalists had also been beaten for not wearing 'Afghan clothes' such as full-body gowns, according to a report in the Telegraph.

Under the Taliban's previous rule in the late 90s, men had to wear traditional robes while girls were forced to wear a burqa from the age of eight.

This comes after human rights group Amnesty International revealed that Taliban fighters massacred nine ethnic Hazara men after taking control of the country's Ghazni province last month.

In another revenge killing, one regional police chief who stood against the Taliban was executed in cold blood by the jihadist group, local reports say. 

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