Entertainment

Afghanistan evacuation: Man beaten bloody by Taliban as airlift nears its end


Bloodied and beaten by Taliban guards – this was the fate of one Australian citizen as he tried to reach Kabul airport as the Islamists defied Joe Biden’s demand to let evacuation flights continue unimpeded with just hours left to get civilians out of the country. 

The man, who was born overseas but has a wife in Adelaide and a brother in Sydney, was beaten as he headed to the airport today along with his cousins – thought to include three men and two women – who were also beaten by the Taliban before all of them were hauled away.

Video shows the man with blood running down his face and spattered across his polo shirt, saying that he is an Australian citizen and was trying to reach the airport when a Taliban fighter cocks an AK47 behind him and the footage cuts out. 

A source close to the family told MailOnline that one of the women accompanying the man had a phone hidden under her headscarf and has since messaged her Australian relatives to say the family has been split up and sent to different locations. Their current whereabouts and ultimate fates are unknown.

It comes despite Joe Biden demanding that the Taliban ‘allow access to the airport for those who are transporting out and no disruptions to our operations’, while committing to withdraw all US troops by August 31.  

That means civilian mercy flights will have to stop in the coming hours so that planes can be diverted to evacuate troops, with former chief of UK defence staff Lord David Richards saying British flights will have to stop by Friday. 

France has said it will stop flights tomorrow, Poland has already stopped flights, and Hungary has signalled that its mission is also drawing to a close.

That has sparked renewed desperation at the airport, as hundreds of Afghans wanting to get on the planes have taken to wading across an open sewer underneath walls where western troops stand guard – waving papers in the hopes of being picked up. 

Fears are now growing that civilians could rush the runway and trigger a deadly stampede in a repeat of the horror scenes from last week, or else opportunistic terror groups such as ISIS could attack packed crowds – fears that will only grow as troop numbers dwindle. 

British foreign secretary Dominic Raab admitted this morning that the mercy missions are now into their final hours with some 4,000 people – 1,250 western citizens and 2,500 Afghans – still left to rescue, though he did not say exactly when the final flight will leave or how many people may be left behind.

Australian man beaten bloody near Kabul airport

A man claiming to be an Australian citizen was beaten bloody by Taliban guards at a checkpoint in Kabul today, after the Taliban vowed to block any more people from going to the airport

Kabul airport

Kabul airport

Desperate Afghans waded through a sewage ditch on the outskirts of Kabul airport this morning while pleading with soldiers guarding the opposite bank to put them on a plane out of the country as time runs out to flee Taliban rule

Kabul airport

Kabul airport

Troops force back a desperate Afghan man trying to enter the airport (left) while hundreds of others stand up to their knees in a filthy drainage ditch as the plead to be allowed to board flights out of the country 

Fears are growing that crowds could try to storm the airport once civilian mercy flights stop, or that opportunistic terrorists could attack the densely-packed crowd

Fears are growing that crowds could try to storm the airport once civilian mercy flights stop, or that opportunistic terrorists could attack the densely-packed crowd

Biden has committed the US to withdraw by August 31, a decision that western allies warn will mean thousands of Afghans who were promised sanctuary being left behind

Biden has committed the US to withdraw by August 31, a decision that western allies warn will mean thousands of Afghans who were promised sanctuary being left behind

The Taliban has said it will now block all Afghan citizens from reaching the airport, meaning that those who are not already outside the gates face little prospect of being able to escape

The Taliban has said it will now block all Afghan citizens from reaching the airport, meaning that those who are not already outside the gates face little prospect of being able to escape

American troops and their allies have evacuated some 70,000 people from the airport since the Taliban took power on August 14, but the effort falls far short of the more-than 100,000 that western nations had promised to take

American troops and their allies have evacuated some 70,000 people from the airport since the Taliban took power on August 14, but the effort falls far short of the more-than 100,000 that western nations had promised to take

A US marine comforts a child at Kabul airport as the evacuation operation nears it end, with US allies saying flights could stop within the next 24 hours

A US marine comforts a child at Kabul airport as the evacuation operation nears it end, with US allies saying flights could stop within the next 24 hours

A US marine carries a child towards an evacuation aircraft at Kabul airport as the final mercy flights depart the country

A US marine carries a child towards an evacuation aircraft at Kabul airport as the final mercy flights depart the country

British soldiers ‘will sneak Afghans out’ past Taliban as troops face desperate last 36 hours to rescue 4,000 Brits and allies from Kabul 

UK troops could ‘sneak out’ people from Afghanistan up to the very last moment despite warnings there are just 36 hours to get another 4,000 to safety – after Joe Biden sparked fury by refusing to extend the deadline for forces leaving.

Dominic Raab admitted the evacuation mission is in its final desperate stages after the US president ‘point blank’ rejected G7 calls for a delay, arguing the risks of attack from the Taliban and ISIS were too high.

The decision means the airlift will have to stop tomorrow or Friday at the latest, to give Western forces time to wrap up their deployment. Both America and France are believed to have started pulling out personnel.

Former chief of the defence staff Lord Richards said he believes even after the last official flight the British military will ‘sneak others in who arrive late along with their own people’.

But there are already claims that the Taliban is blocking fleeing Afghans from getting into the airport – in another blow to the credibility of Mr Biden who has demanded they are given free passage.

And the coming days are expected to see ‘maximum danger’ for troops with fears the regime will want to create a ‘Saigon’ moment and threats of a terrorist ‘spectacular’.

In a round of interviews this morning, Mr Raab said the UK is working ‘as fast as we can’ to maximise the number of people who can flee, saying 2,000 were taken to safety in the last 24 hours and almost all single-nationality Britons are now out.

‘We will use every hour and day we’ve got to maximise that throughput to get as many of those residual cases out,’ he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programe.

‘We’re going to keep going for every day and every hour that we’ve got left.’

Mr Raab declined to say when the last UK flight will be leaving.

Mr Raab was also forced to admit that the coming days will present ‘maximum danger’ for British troops, fearing both a ‘Saigon’ moment with crowds rushing planes and threats of a ‘spectacular’ terrorist attack.

But, Mr Raab insisted, Britain will keep flying planes out of the country until the last possible moment in the hopes of getting as many people out as possible.  

One British soldier, speaking anonymously to the Daily Telegraph, said his ‘biggest fear’ is a stampede at the airport and that ‘the civilians might try and get in any way they can and potentially put us all at risk.’

‘Unfortunately the quantity of civilians arriving is something we cannot control, with the majority of them not being eligible to be evacuated,’ he said, adding: ‘I and many others have seen a few mentally disturbing scenes. I think there will be more of that.’ 

Outlining rough plans for the British withdrawal, defence sources said the first move will be for troops to leave the Baron hotel where they have been processing paperwork of those wishing to leave the country.

Next, soldiers will hand over control of Abbey gate – located on the south east side of the airport – to US forces.

But exactly how and when they will leave the airport entirely is being kept a closely-guarded secret, amid fears that the news of a full exit could spark a rush of desperate people at the gates.

Underlining the risks, one defence source told The Telegraph: ‘It could be the airfield gets compromised by a massive incursion. It could be that the Taliban have an element that wants to put up a fight in the last days. It could be that ISIS wants to do a ‘spectacular’.’ 

Meanwhile Angela Merkel – who was first elected Chancellor in 2005, just four years into the war – gave a speech to the German parliament summing up the conflict as she prepares to leave power later this year.

Admitting that leaving Afghanistan now leaves her with a ‘bitter’ feeling, she insisted the west’s 20-year campaign had not been in vain and that trying to bring democracy and stability to the region was ‘worth doing’.

 In a shot at Biden’s decision to withdraw, she added: ‘That the overall deployment literally stands and falls with the stance of the militarily strongest member of the alliance, the U.S., was always clear to us.

‘We will continue the evacuation operation for as long as possible, in order also to make it possible for Afghans who worked with us for security, freedom, the rule of law and development to leave the country.’

She did not give a date for when the last German evacuation flight would leave but said there are around 500 troops currently helping with the effort, some of whom are still in the country.

Even after the effort ends, she said, Germany will work to see if it could continue to help people by ‘among other things through civilian use of Kabul airport.’

Biden also admitted to the danger facing troops on Tuesday as he announced his decision on the deadline, saying: ‘The sooner we can finish, the better… each day of operations brings added risk to our troops.’ 

Even as the evacuation enters its final stages, Afghanistan’s new Islamist rulers are just beginning to grapple with the challenges facing the country which is facing economic collapse in addition to food shortages and a near-total lack of services, particularly in remote regions.

The Taliban has urged male bureaucrats and bankers back to their desks in the hopes of restarting an economy which stalled as the group swept to power in a lighting-fast military offensive.

ATMs remain empty after US flights bringing banknotes into the country were stopped, while government staff are refusing to return to their offices for fear of reprisal attacks.

The US has frozen some $9.5billion belonging to the Afghan national bank, while the World Bank announced today that it has frozen $5.3billion in development aid amid fears of human rights abuses by the Taliban.

Taliban leaders have also been barred from accessing some $450million in emergency reserves that is being stored with the International Monetary Fund. 

That has left Afghans with no access to their own money – meaning business owners cannot pay staff and ordinary citizens are struggling to buy basic goods.

Just yesterday, the World Food Programme warned that food supplies could start running out as soon as next month unless emergency shipments are allowed into the country. 

Afghan families are pictured boarding a military evacuation flight at Hamid Karzai Airport as the US prepares to withdraw from the country, with other western nations set to follow

Afghan families are pictured boarding a military evacuation flight at Hamid Karzai Airport as the US prepares to withdraw from the country, with other western nations set to follow

A US soldier walks two Afghan women towards an evacuation plane on the runway at Hamid Karzai Airport this week

A US soldier walks two Afghan women towards an evacuation plane on the runway at Hamid Karzai Airport this week

An Afghan woman accompanied by a young child walks towards a US evacuation plane sitting on the runway at Kabul airport

An Afghan woman accompanied by a young child walks towards a US evacuation plane sitting on the runway at Kabul airport

Afghan civilians pack on to a Canadian evacuation flight out of Kabul, as western nations prepare to end the mercy missions

Afghan civilians pack on to a Canadian evacuation flight out of Kabul, as western nations prepare to end the mercy missions

Taliban Badri 313 units patrol the streets of Kabul amid reports that Islamist guards are now stopping people from reaching the airport to board evacuation flights

Taliban Badri 313 units patrol the streets of Kabul amid reports that Islamist guards are now stopping people from reaching the airport to board evacuation flights

Taliban Badri units are seen in Kabul after leaders warned of 'consequences' if western forces overstay the August 31 deadline

Taliban Badri units are seen in Kabul after leaders warned of ‘consequences’ if western forces overstay the August 31 deadline

Afghans queue up outside a bank in Kabul after the Taliban ordered staff back to work with the country facing near-total economic collapse as cash reserves run low

Afghans queue up outside a bank in Kabul after the Taliban ordered staff back to work with the country facing near-total economic collapse as cash reserves run low

Afghan men wait to access a bank in Kabul, with ATMs across the country empty and shipments of paper notes stopped - meaning business owners cannot pay their workers and people cannot buy basic items

Afghan men wait to access a bank in Kabul, with ATMs across the country empty and shipments of paper notes stopped – meaning business owners cannot pay their workers and people cannot buy basic items

Ex-Royal Marine Pen Farthing WILL be able to airlift staff and 200 animals from Kabul 

A former Royal Marine who claims the Defence Secretary blocked a charter flight to get 200 animals and 69 people working at his Kabul animal shelter out of Afghanistan has been given fresh hope after Ben Wallace gave the green light for the evacuation.

Paul ‘Pen’ Farthing, the founder of Nowzad, said Boris Johnson had approved a flight he had crowdfunded to evacuate cats and dogs as well as his staff – but that Mr Wallace had blocked the evacuation by refusing to sign air signs needed for it to land at Kabul airport.

Yesterday the Defence Secretary insisted that the major problem with evacuations from the Afghan capital has been getting British nationals past Taliban checkpoints surrounding Hamid Karzai International Airport after Kabul fell to the jihadists earlier this month.

 

But a Sky News video of a Vauxhall hatchback entering a military cargo jet prompted a counter-blast from animal rights activists including the comedian Ricky Gervais and actor Peter Egan, who accused the Ministry of Defence of caring more about a car than ‘sentient animals’.

Mr Wallace has now announced in a series of tweets that if Mr Farthing arrived at the airport with his staff and animals, officials would allow them to leave on the chartered aircraft.

Britain is working ‘full speed’ to rescue 4,000 Britons and Afghan allies still stuck in Kabul over the next 36 hours after Joe Biden sparked fury by swatting away demands from Boris Johnson and other G7 leaders to extend the August 31 withdrawal deadline.

‘Now that Pen Farthing’s staff have been cleared to come forward under LOTR I have authorised MOD to facilitate their processing alongside all other eligible personnel at (Kabul airport). At that stage, if he arrives with his animals we will seek a slot for his plane,’ Mr Wallace tweeted.

‘If he does not have his animals with him he and his staff can board an RAF flight. I have been consistent all along, ensuring those most at risk are processed first and that the limiting factor has been flow THROUGH to airside NOT airplane capacity.’

 

Many Afghans fear a repeat of the brutal five-year Taliban regime that was toppled in 2001, and violent retribution for working with foreign militaries, Western missions and the previous US-backed government.

Washington and its allies have been flying out thousands of such Afghans every day on hulking military transports, but it has become an increasingly difficult and desperate task.

The Afghan capital’s airport has been gripped by chaos as US-led troops try to maintain a secure perimeter for evacuation flights, surrounded by desperate Afghans.

Some have foreign passports, visas or eligibility to travel, but most do not. At least eight people have died in the chaos.

‘Does anyone … ANYONE … have a contact inside the airport,’ pleaded one American on a WhatsApp group set up to share information on how people can access the airport.

‘My guy worked for us 2010-15 and needs to get out with 5 of his family. This is real bad.’ 

The Taliban have also been accused of blocking or slowing access for many trying to reach the airport, although they denied the charge again late Tuesday.

Biden said the Taliban were taking steps to assist, but there was also an ‘acute and growing risk’ of an attack by the regional chapter of the Islamic State jihadist group.

CIA Director William Burns flew to Kabul for a secret meeting with top Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar, US media reported Tuesday, the highest-level meeting so far between the US government and the new rulers of Afghanistan.

The New York Times said the spy chief was not there to negotiate an extension to the pullout deadline, but for general talks on ‘evacuation operations and terrorist threats’. 

Despite the harrowing scenes at Kabul airport, the Taliban have ruled out any extension to next Tuesday’s deadline to pull out foreign troops, describing it as ‘a red line’.

‘They have planes, they have the airport, they should get their citizens and contractors out of here,’ Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Tuesday.

European nations have said they would not be able to airlift all at-risk Afghans before August 31.

‘Even if (the evacuation) goes on… a few days longer, it will not be enough,’ German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told Bild TV.

A hard withdrawal deadline presents a further complication that may reduce the number of daily evacuations.

The United States deployed fresh troops for evacuations.

That 6,000-plus contingent, as well as hundreds of US officials, 600 Afghan troops and the equipment, will have to be flown out.

To do that by August 31, the Pentagon said operations would have to start winding down days in advance. 

Following their lightning victory that stunned the world, the Taliban have so far been content to allow the US-led operation to continue, focusing instead on consolidating control and forming a government.

They have vowed a softer, more inclusive regime this time around, offering amnesty to opponents and assurances of rights to women.

But many Afghans remain fearful and sceptical.

In an attempt to assuage fears, the Taliban spokesman on Tuesday urged skilled Afghans to not flee, saying the country needed ‘expert’ Afghans such as doctors and engineers.

But Zabihullah Mujahid added that women who work for the Afghan government should stay home until the security situation improves.

The Taliban have said women will be able to get an education and work, but within what they consider Islamic bounds.

People disembark a military plane after being evacuated from Afghanistan as it arrives at Melsbroek Military Airport, Belgium

People disembark a military plane after being evacuated from Afghanistan as it arrives at Melsbroek Military Airport, Belgium

Afghan refugees board buses at Melsbroek Air Base in Belgium after being evacuated from the chaos at Kabul airport

Afghan refugees board buses at Melsbroek Air Base in Belgium after being evacuated from the chaos at Kabul airport

A bus with a Netherlands' flag on the side waits at Belgium's Melsbroek Military Airport to receive Afghan evacuees

A bus with a Netherlands’ flag on the side waits at Belgium’s Melsbroek Military Airport to receive Afghan evacuees

Afghan people, who were evacuated from Kabul, disembark a plane at Torrejon Military Air Base in Madrid, Spain

Afghan people, who were evacuated from Kabul, disembark a plane at Torrejon Military Air Base in Madrid, Spain

An Afghan girl carrying a Mickey Mouse doll walks to a bus that will take them to a refugee processing center at Dulles International Airport, Virginia

An Afghan girl carrying a Mickey Mouse doll walks to a bus that will take them to a refugee processing center at Dulles International Airport, Virginia

Afghan families walk to a bus that will take them to a refugee processing center at Dulles International Airport, Virginia

Afghan families walk to a bus that will take them to a refugee processing center at Dulles International Airport, Virginia

Afghan families walk to a bus that will take them to a refugee processing center at Dulles International Airport

Afghan families walk to a bus that will take them to a refugee processing center at Dulles International Airport

Aisha Ahmad’s letter in full 

Are Afghan women doomed to extinction? 

Women were among the most deprived and restricted sections of Afghan society for many years, living always under the domination of the patriarchy, tightly constrained by the country’s prevailing cultural and societal norms. 

The defeat of the Taliban in 2001 heralded the possibility of a brighter future; it ignited a spark of hope for a freer and more prosperous life. 

It breathed empowerment into our souls. The flame of our confidence started to grow. Bigger. Stronger. 

In the years since, our new generation of women has engaged in a continual struggle to change society’s perception of us, and to break our bonds. 

We’ve gained considerable latitude, but many sacrifices were made along the way. Defamation, emotional and verbal abuse, cyber bullying, sexual harassment, rape, targeted assassination. 

These weapons of intimidation and terror were all brought to bear on us, to try to keep us in our place. 

In spite of these challenges, we have produced pioneers in many areas of life: cultural, political, economic, scientific, artistic, civil and military. Take for instance Zohra, the first ever all-women’s orchestra. Unthinkable in the 1990’s, it has thrived and toured and played concerts in prestigious venues across the globe. 

And take the ‘Afghan Dreamers’ – an all-girl robotics team, which has dismantled gender norms and won international competitions while doing so. Or consider Niloofar Rahmani, the first woman pilot in the Afghan air force. 

Or Khatol Mohammadzai, the first female general in the Afghan National Army. We have achieved so much! Sorry – we had achieved so much. 

The Taliban’s return to domination of our country has returned pain and hopelessness to the lives of its women. It’s struck us like a thunderbolt, reducing our 20 years of achievement to ashes, laid waste to our aspirations. 

We have been cast back out of sight, alone with only darkness in our future, no window of hope. 

Our biggest fear is that the world will be deceived by the smooth words of the Taliban, the assurances that things will be different this time, the promises to grant us rights that already belong to us. 

And that if the world recognises their government, their oppression and barbarism against us will be institutionalized, set in stone for generations. 

The international community must stick to its moral position and stay faithful to its commitment to universal human rights. 

It must insist the Taliban restore and uphold the fundamental rights of Afghan women at this critical juncture and lift us from our descent into misery. 

10 years ago Hillary Clinton told a group of female Afghan ministers: ‘We will not abandon you; we will stand with you always.’ If the world and the US fails or abandon its commitments. 

And reader, please don’t forget that we are human, not just pictures on your screen.

Afghan women are women. We have hopes and dreams. We think, love, hurt, yearn.

Just like your own mother, your own sisters, your own daughters. Just like you. 

‘We have achieved so much! Sorry – we HAD achieved so much’: Female student, 22, who posted shocking footage of desperate queues outside Kabul airport makes moving plea on behalf of Afghan women

A young female student trapped in Kabul has made a desperate plea to the world on behalf of Afghan women.

Aisha Ahmad (not her real name), 22, spent four days trying to get into Kabul airport and feared she would be crushed to death as people stampeded.

She posted shocking footage of the crush, sharing clips with shots being heard in the background as people desperately shoved towards the airport.

Now, having all-but given up hope of escaping the Taliban’s control as the August 31 deadline looms, the Kabul University student has told MailOnline that the hopes and aspiration of Afghan women in general are about to be trampled into the dust.

In her open letter, Aisha demanded that the nations of the West stand up for her and other women in the benighted nation.

She recalled how a previous generation of women in Afghanistan dared to dream of a ‘brighter future’ in 2001 as the Taliban’s first barbaric regime came to an end.

She highlighted role models such as an all-female orchestra called Zohra, which has toured the world, and the ‘Afghan Dreamers’ — a girls’ robotics team which flourished in the post-Taliban liberation.

She picked out Niloofar Rahmani, the first woman pilot in the Afghan air force, and Khatol Mohammadzai, the first female general in the Afghan National Army.

But she added: ‘We have achieved so much! Sorry – we had achieved so much.

‘The Taliban’s return to domination of our country has returned pain and hopelessness to the lives of its women. It’s struck us like a thunderbolt, reducing our 20 years of achievement to ashes, laid waste to our aspirations.

‘We have been cast back out of sight, alone with only darkness in our future, no window of hope.’

Now she worries that the Taliban’s recent public-relations effort, telling women that they will be able to study and work under their new government, will be cynically binned as soon as the last NATO jet lifts off from the runway of Kabul Airport next Tuesday.

‘Our biggest fear is that the world will be deceived by the smooth words of the Taliban, the assurances that things will be different this time, the promises to grant us rights that already belong to us.

‘And that if the world recognises their government, their oppression and barbarism against us will be institutionalized, set in stone for generations.’

She called on the West not to recognise the Taliban unless they restore and protect the fundamental rights of Afghan women.

‘The international community must stick to its moral position and stay faithful to its commitment to universal human rights,’ she said.

‘It must insist the Taliban restore and uphold the fundamental rights of Afghan women at this critical juncture and lift us from our descent into misery. ‘

She recalled then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s words to a group of female Afghan ministers a decade ago, telling them: ‘We will not abandon you; we will stand with you always.’

Closing her moving letter, she wrote: ‘Please don’t forget that we are human, not just pictures on your screen… We have hopes and dreams. We think, love, hurt, yearn. Just like your own mother, your own sisters, your own daughters. Just like you.’ 

Taliban are killing innocent children during their rampage across Afghanistan, former interior minister claims as he posts photos of dead bodies on Twitter 

The Taliban are killing innocent children as they brutally consolidate power, Afghanistan’s former interior minister has claimed.

Masoud Andarabi, who was sacked by the now former Afghan president Ashraf Ghani in March, posted shocking photos on Twitter of people, including a small child, who had allegedly been killed by Taliban fighters.

He claimed that the group, who now control nearly all of Afghanistan after dramatically marching into the capital Kabul last week, ‘are trying to rule over people by terrorizing, killing young children and elderly citizens.’

Andarabi added that the Taliban ‘cannot govern the nation’ using such terror methods.

His warning came a day the main resistance group who are continuing to fight the Taliban furiously denied that their surrender was being negotiated.

Image of a dead child posted by Afghanistan's former interior minister Masoud Andarabi

Image of a wounded child posted by Afghanistan's former interior minister Masoud Andarabi

The Taliban are killing innocent children as they brutally consolidate power, Afghanistan’s former interior minister, Masoud Andarabi, has claimed as he posted shocking photos of people, including a small child, who had allegedly been murdered by the fighters (left) and another girl who was alive but wounded (right)

Ex-Afghan soldiers – many trained by Western troops – have joined forces with local militia from a base in the Panjshir Valley, north-east of Kabul.

The group is fighting under the banner The National Resistance Front of Afghanistan [NRF] and is led by Sandhurst-trained Ahmad Massoud.

Andarabi added in his tweet: ‘In Andarab, taliban have been carrying out unwarranted searches of homes, capturing people without reason or justification and killing innocent citizens.

‘As a result, people have had to rise against their brutality to protect their lives, honor, dignity and property.’

Andarabi posted the photos after warning in an interview with Indian outlet India Today this week that the resistance to the Taliban’s rule would not go away.

He said: ‘I think there will be backs and pushes and resistance.

‘It shows that if the Taliban do not adjust to today’s Afghanistan, these pocket resistances will keep popping up.

‘The resistance will continue in any form across the country.’

He said that, if the Taliban want people to support their rule and to avoid an ongoing rebellion, they should form an elected government and not an undemocratic ’emirate’.

Andarabi was sacked by the recently-ousted president Ashraf Ghani in March after a spate of Taliban attacks against government troops.

Another image posted by Andarabi showed a dead elderly man whose legs were covered in blood

Another image posted by Andarabi showed a dead elderly man whose legs were covered in blood

Whilst no official reason was given for his dismissal, a senior security official said at the time that Andarabi had failed to arrest a militia commander whose forces had shot down a helicopter, killing nine members of the security forces.

Andarabi had been tasked weeks before with arresting the commander.

After his post on Tuesday, he was described by Afghan journalist Bilal Sarwary as ‘widely respected’.

The shocking new images were posted after chilling reports last week that Islamist militants were stalking cities across Afghanistan for women and girls.

Jihadist commanders were reportedly ordering imams in areas they have captured to bring them lists of unmarried women aged from 12 to 45 for their soldiers to marry because they view them as ‘qhanimat’ or ‘spoils of war’ – to be divided up among the victors.

Resistance chief Massoud, who also studied at King’s College, London, is nicknamed ‘Heir to the Lion’ or ‘Lion Cub’ after his father, a famed Mujahideen commander known as the ‘Lion of Panjshir’ after the region that he ruled and defended.

The Taliban claimed on Monday that they had retaken three districts north of Kabul capital seized the day before and had surrounded Panjshir, the last province that remains out of their control.



Source link

Related Articles

Back to top button