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Afghanistan’s first day under Taliban rule in nearly two decades has already been marked by fear and violence as new government officials kill individuals as they vow to impose an Islamic way of life strict now that American forces have left the country.

The Taliban celebrated the takeover as the United States ended the 20-Year War with their departure. Afghanistan has fallen quickly to Taliban forces in recent weeks, during which former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has fled the country.

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“We hope that Afghanistan will no longer be invaded, that it will be rebuilt, that it will remain independent and that a holy Islamic system will reign,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said according to the Wall Street Journal.

Hours after the US withdrew from Afghanistan, members of the Taliban were going door to door in Kabul and executing people, a senior US official told Fox News.

So far it is not known who the victims are, but a Politico report confirmed by Fox News said that US officials in Kabul gave the Taliban a list of US citizens, green card holders and allies. Afghans with the aim of allowing them to enter the airport, which provoked outrage from military officials behind the scenes. President Biden acknowledged that “there may have been” such a list.

“Basically, they just put all these Afghans on a list of people to kill,” a defense official told Politico.

Similar actions had already been carried out in other parts of the country even before the departure of the US military. Last Wednesday, a former translator for a high-ranking US Army ranger told Fox News that the Taliban had started executing US allies in public, in provinces far from media attention. from Kabul.

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“They aren’t really doing bad things in Kabul right now because the media is focusing a lot on Kabul, but they have already started public executions in other provinces where a lot of the media is not available or does not cover it. “, said the interpreter.

Women and LGBT people are also targeted by the Taliban. According to an ITV UK report, two Taliban members pretended to befriend a gay man, claimed they could help him escape the country, then lured him to a location where they beat and raped him.

“My friends in Afghanistan are scared, they don’t know what will happen to them in the future, so they are just trying to hide,” LGBT activist Artemis Akbary told the outlet.

This incident would have taken place a few days before the Americans even left.

Last week, the Taliban warned women to stay home and not to go to work, saying it was for their own safety as their fighters had not been trained on how to handle them.

Activist and former Afghan judge Najla Ayoubi said in an interview with Sky News that in recent weeks young women were “sent to neighboring countries in coffins to be used as sex slaves”, and families were forced to marry their young daughters to the Taliban. fighters.

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Meanwhile, more than 100 Americans seeking to flee Afghanistan remain behind after the departure of American forces. The State Department issued a level four travel advisory on Tuesday.

“Do not travel to Afghanistan due to civil unrest, armed conflict, crime, terrorism, kidnappings and COVID-19,” the State Department said in a tweet. “Traveling to all parts of Afghanistan is dangerous.”

Fox News’ Lara Logan, Tyler O’Neil, Teny Sahakian and Emma Colton contributed to this report.


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