(AbsoluteNews.com) – When the Taliban took over Afghanistan in August and American troops pulled out, the group claimed it was going to usher in a new, peaceful era. The terrorist organization turned legitimate(-ish) government promised it wouldn’t attack former security forces or murder those who worked with ally forces over the previous 20 years. As it turns out, to almost nobody’s surprise, that was a lie.
According to a new report by the Human Rights Watch, the Taliban has viciously murdered more than 100 people since it took power. Many of the victims simply disappeared. At least 47 former members of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) have gone missing or been executed by Taliban forces between August 15 and October 31. The new government has also reportedly targeted family members of former security forces.
The report documents the killing or vanishing of 45 former Afghan National Security Forces soldiers who had surrendered to or were apprehended by the Taliban.
The group “gathered credible information on more than 100 killings" from four provinces.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 30, 2021
Although the Taliban promised peace, the recent report isn’t surprising. Not only does it mirror what reports indicated in the days after the US withdrawal, but it’s also what the organization did last time it was in power. In 1997, the Taliban took over the country and made promises of peace in the aftermath; the reality was much different. The group ruled with violence and fear, murdering and torturing those it had deemed its enemies, now it’s doing it again.
The recent report was compiled from 67 interviews in just 4 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. It’s likely many more people are missing or dead. Since the press is limited in the country, the world might never know the scope of violence taking place.
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