Taliban ‘going door to door’ to search for Christians
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The Taliban have surged across Afghanistan over the past month, capturing the capital Kabul on August 15. Despite offering an amnesty to those who served the Afghan government, there are widespread reports of reprisals by Taliban fighters.
General Achakzai had been the commander of Badghis Province, near the border with Turkmenistan.
A video, reposted by BBC Persia reporter Nasrin Nawa, shows him blindfolded and handcuffed on the floor.
Two Taliban members have a brief discussion, after which General Achakzai is gunned down.
Thousands of Afghans have descended on Kabul international airport, which is still being held by US and British troops, seeking a route out of the country.
The Taliban have reportedly executed an Afghan police chief (Image: GETTY)
The Taliban have seized all of Afghanistan’s major cities (Image: GETTY)
Over the past couple of days both the Taliban and western forces have fired warning shots in the air, in a bid to keep the crowds back.
Several people are reported to have died from gunshot wounds or being crushed to death.
Western powers are desperately attempting to evacuate their nations, and Afghan allies, whilst it is still possible.
On Sunday, Armed Forces Minister James Heappey claimed the situation on the group had improved somewhat.
US and British troops are evacuating from Kabul airport (Image: GETTY)
Speaking to the BBC he said: “Today the queue is flowing better.”
Mr Heappey claimed the Taliban are separating Afghans into separate UK and US queues, which is speeding up evacuation.
Forsaken Fighters, an Australian group which supports Afghan who served with western forces, warned “tens of thousands” are at risk.
Speaking to the Sun Online, a spokesman said: “Interpreters on the ground in Kandahar have reported that the Taliban have been actively seeking out interpreters who supported coalition forces, even using local kids to help in pouting out people and going door to door to find them.
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The Taliban captured Kabul on August 15 (Image: GETTY)
British troops pictured at Kabul airport (Image: GETTY)
“People are being dragged from their houses and executed. It is a truly horrific situation.
“The sheer desperation of those people that assisted us is overwhelming.”
President Joe Biden ordered all US forces to leave Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
As American and NATO troops withdrew, the Taliban were able to make a series of stunning advances.
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In 2020 Donald Trump signed a deal with the Taliban, committing the US to withdraw all its troops from the country.
In return the Taliban vowed not to provide sanctuary to Al-Qaeda, who used Afghanistan to plan the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington.
However there are already reports of foreign extremist groups fighting in Afghanistan with the Taliban.
Afghan solidarity protest in London (Image: GETTY)
There are reports of Taliban fighters targeting the families of Afghan interpreters, if they can’t find their intended target.
Christian Nellemann, executive director of the Norwegian Centre for Global Analyses, said: “They are targeting the families of those who refuse to give themselves up, and prosecuting and punishing their families ‘according to Sharia law’.
“We expect both individuals previously working with NATO/US forces and their allies, alongside with their family members to be exposed to torture and executions.”