Taliban seized control of the Kabul airport in quick fashion before dawn on Tuesday, as celebrations along with gunfire echoed Kabul. Ending 20 years of terrific war, the last batch of troops of the United States abandoned Afghanistan, making the Islamic militant outfit stronger than it ever was.
American forces entered Afghanistan in 2001 in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks for anti-terror operations, ousting the Taliban. Over the next years, the American forces remained in the country and assisted Kabul in its development by providing financial aid, training Afghan forces against the insurgents and liberating women to an extent. These gains of 20 years seem close to an end.
The country is gasping to breathe under the control of the new ruler, Taliban. According to the reports, the militants can be seen going from door-to-door looking for American allies and assistors. The latter’s houses are lettered with threats: “surrender or die”.
As per Daily Mail, the letters summon people to a Taliban convened court, where death punishment will be announced. One of the victims, who assisted UK military build roads in Helmand province is hiding for his life.
The news agency reported, a translator for the British military was warned to surrender or pay with his life as he was termed as “spy of the infidel”. Another translator, a victim of Taliban cruelty, could not board an evacuation flight due to the rush of people and now he fears of the sufferings awaiting them.
The same horrific style of issuing threat letters in villages was adopted by Taliban while they ruled from 1996 to 2001. But this time the circulation has widened.
Many evidences like, defacing women pictures on shutters of shops etc. show that the ruling paradigm or tactic of this insurgent group has not changed much, all the Promises of moderation seems illusionary.
The Taliban or “students” in Pashto language emerged in early 1990s in Northern Pakistan. It reigned Kabul from 1996 to 2001, just before being removed from power by United States-led forces in 2001.
The 20-year war which began with America’s intervention resulted in loss of lives of nearly 2500 US troops, and an estimated 240,000 Afghans and cost lump some $2 trillion.