Taliban lead thieves through the city by a rope
The recordings are disturbing: In Afghanistan, videos and pictures of two suspected criminals who were reportedly being led through the city on a rope by militant Islamist Taliban fighters are causing a stir.
The videos circulating on social networks show how the men, whose faces are painted with black paint, are first placed on a pedestal and then led across a street on a rope.
There was initially no independent confirmation of the authenticity of the recordings. First, among others, the German “Bild” and the British “Daily Mail” reported and wrote about the “return of medieval Taliban practices”.
Men shout “Long live the Islamic emirate of Afghanistan”
In a video that was filmed near the podium, the men shouted “God is great” and “Long live the Islamic emirate of Afghanistan”. The Taliban called the country the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” before the US troops marched in in 2001.
Recordings from the city of Herat in the west of the country
In a video that films the scene from a residential building, a man comments that the Taliban had arrested a thief and that they were now going towards Mastufiyat Square. What can no longer be seen in the video: In the end, the Taliban fighters are said to have cut off the right hand of both thieves. However, there has not yet been any independent confirmation for this either.
Residents of the city of Herat in the west of the country confirmed that the recordings were made in Herat. The Taliban captured the third largest city in the country on Thursday. A well-known Afghan journalist shared the pictures of the incident and commented that it happened on Friday after Friday prayers.
There have recently been isolated reports that the Taliban are again imposing inhuman and draconian punishments in the areas they have conquered, as they did during their previous rule from 1996 to 2001. The New York Times reported at the end of July that the Taliban had hung two men at the entrance to the city in a city north of Lashkargah for all to see. The men were accused of kidnapping children.
Taliban captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif
Taliban fighters took the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, the last stronghold of the Afghan government in the north of the country, on Saturday. Security forces fled to the Uzbek border, a provincial official said on Saturday, according to Reuters. At the same time, the militant Islamic troops are moving ever closer to the capital Kabul, while western states hastened to bring their own personnel and Afghan local staff to safety.
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Britain announced the deployment of 600 special forces to assist the departure of British citizens. According to the Defense Ministry, this operation has already started. According to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, most of the embassy staff will return to Great Britain in the coming days. Johnson stressed on Friday that there was “no military solution” for the country.