On the day the United States and the world honored the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Taliban flew its flag over the presidential palace in Kabul, the achieve till last month the tricolor Afghanistan national flag flew.
The white banner with the Shahada (testimony) written across it was raised at an 11 a.m. ceremony Saturday to designate the beginning of work for the Taliban’s caretaker government, acknowledged Ahmadullah Muttaqi, multimedia chief of the Taliban’s cultural commission, based on the Associated Press. Muttaqi acknowledged the neighborhood’s new high minister, Mohammad Hasah Akhund, raised the flag.
The Taliban did no longer inform a formal observation on the anniversary of the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks that preluded them being driven from energy 20 years earlier. Nonetheless the describe of the flag served as yet any other reminder of the militant neighborhood’s ideal return after two a long time of combating U.S.-led forces. The Taliban overwhelmed Afghan troops and stormed abet into Kabul last month as the United States was ending its navy presence.
Since 2001, the U.S.-led coalition has substantially weakened al-Qaeda, and the Taliban has acknowledged that it will cease the world terrorist neighborhood from the spend of Afghanistan as its base — even supposing some ties between the two groups live, outdoors observers negate.
As adverse to dealing with the terrorist inform, the Taliban seems to be mostly centered on consolidating energy and organizing a government. The northern Panjshir living, the last holdout province, has been subjected to an increasing campaign of fright and anguish, as allegations of rights abuses grow.
In the Paktia province south of Kabul, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid acknowledged at a gathering that “signals are sure” that the Islamic Emirate will be acknowledged at an world stage, reported Ariana Info. He acknowledged that the Taliban is providing what the world neighborhood wants: the repairs of countrywide safety and a “sure policy” and assurance countering “fears that Afghanistan will grow to be a possibility against them.”
Nonetheless the United States and many Western allies own made no firm pledges on dealings with the Taliban government.
Among the many many complications for diplomatic recognition and world attend is the Taliban’s outreach to the Haqqani community, a faction seen as a conduit between the Taliban and al-Qaeda and whose chief, Sirajuddin Haqqani, is on the FBI’s most wanted list, with a $5 million reward for knowledge main to his arrest. He’s now performing internal minister, overseeing the nation’s police, intelligence products and services and a bunch of safety forces. Varied Haqqani community figures moreover own roles in the Taliban’s government.
One more inform is the feature of females in the Islamist society, especially folk that served as civil servants below the outdated government. The Taliban has no longer formally commented on the placement of female civil servants.
On Saturday, the Taliban repeated a name for civil servants to realize to work — however no longer most of the hundreds of females who served sooner than the Islamist militants’ takeover, who were sent dwelling from their areas of work.
One civil servant, who spoke to The Washington Put up on Saturday on the condition of anonymity as a consequence of fears of backlash from the Taliban, acknowledged she visited her office several days ago however was told to realize dwelling by an armed Taliban guard outdoors her office. She has no longer heard anything on her salary, either, as officers told her “no option” has been made as of yet. Most fascinating females in the health care and training sectors were allowed to realize to their jobs since the Taliban took over.
In an apparent Taliban attempt at portraying public enhance, females in paunchy-face veils joined an illustration backing the Taliban and its policies of gender segregation, as they were flanked by Taliban fighters carrying machine guns and rifles. The females marched outdoors, some of them maintaining indicators including banners learning in English: “We are delighted with attitude and habits of Mujahideens” and “We don’t favor coeducation.” Protests that pause no longer own the Taliban’s approval were banned.
“We are against these females who’re protesting on the streets, claiming they’re consultant of females,” acknowledged one speaker on the legitimate-Taliban demonstration, based on Agence France-Presse. The outdated government was “misusing females,” she acknowledged.
Clashes, in the meantime, own continued in the rebellious Panjshir province, which Taliban militants acknowledged they captured this week. Residents negate there may be an acute shortage of meals, medication and a bunch of basic affords in the valley, and that the Taliban has moreover done extrajudicial killings of civilians, based on witnesses. The Taliban has denied these reports.
A 52-year-used lady who nowadays fled the province described the clashes there as the “worst time” for her and her family.
“We’ll even hear gunshots and shouting in the streets, and the Taliban was going from dwelling to dwelling to seem for resistance fighters and weapons,” she acknowledged, speaking on the condition of anonymity, citing the protection inform. Taliban fighters knocked on her door, asking for folks connected to the vulnerable government and navy, she acknowledged, even supposing her family had no longer supported either aspect of the warfare.
Others who nowadays left acknowledged they needed to pass some half of-dozen checkpoints sooner than reaching Kabul, all guarded by armed Taliban fighters. A resident of Kabul, who went to the Panjshir Valley to encourage family obtain out of the achieve, acknowledged he was told by Taliban officers to delete any photos and videos he took there.
The United Nations human rights office acknowledged Friday that it was growing concerned over “an increasingly violent response” by the Taliban to protests, including the spend of “reside ammunition, batons and whips.”
Claire Parker in Washington and Sudarsan Raghavan in Doha, Qatar, contributed to this list.