Taliban enforce tough rules as Afghanistan falls with women banned from leaving home, men forced to grow beards – .

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Taliban enforce tough rules as Afghanistan falls with women banned from leaving home, men forced to grow beards – .


Taliban forces in Afghanistan banned women from leaving the house alone and forced men to grow beards as US troops retreated from the war-torn country.
The Taliban have unleashed a reign of terror in recent weeks and taken control of dozens of areas in a bid to regain power as the last US troops left on Friday.

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Women have been banned from leaving home without parents in parts of AfghanistanCredit: AFP
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The last US soldiers left Afghanistan on Friday after 20 years in the countryCredit: AFP
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Afghan civilians show weapons as they pledge to defend their areas from the TalibanCredit: EPA
Afghan women have been banned from leaving home alone under new Taliban rule in some areas
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Afghan women have been banned from leaving home alone under new Taliban rule in some areasCredit: AFP

The terrorist group has taken control of a third of Afghanistan – and most of that territory has been captured in the past two weeks.

The Afghan people are at risk of being thrown back into the reign of a brutal regime that applies strict versions of Islamic law and inflicts penalties such as beheading and torture.

New oppressive rules have already been imposed on districts in northeastern Takhar province after the Taliban took control this week.

Local leaders said schools had been closed and new dowry regulations – an amount of property or money brought by a wife to her husband upon their marriage – were introduced for girls.

“They urged women in a statement not to leave without a parent and also urged men to wear beards,” Merajuddin Sharifi, a civil society activist in Takhar, told Ariana News.

Sharifi also said that “the Taliban insist on trials without evidence.”

And residents have also been hit by rising food prices, members of Takhar Provincial Council said.

“People are facing problems there. Services are non-existent, clinics and schools are closed, ”Mohammad Azam Afzali said.

Takhar Governor Abdullah Qarluq said government buildings were destroyed by the Taliban and services were cut off in areas controlled by the Taliban.

Dozens of residents of Enjil district of Herat province have taken up arms to defend their areas from the Taliban8
Dozens of residents of Enjil district of Herat province have taken up arms to defend their areas from the TalibanCredit: EPA
Some experts fear US troop withdrawal will leave a nation on the brink of disaster
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Some experts fear US troop withdrawal will leave a nation on the brink of disasterCredit: Reuters
US troops withdrew from Afghanistan after 20 years
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US troops withdrew from Afghanistan after 20 yearsCredit: AFP
Afghan National Army soldier stands guard at the entrance to US Bagram Air Base
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Afghan National Army soldier stands guard at the entrance to US Bagram Air BaseCredit: Reuters

“They looted everything and no service exists,” Qarluq said.

The group also seized on Thursday the district of Tagab in the northeastern province of Kapisa, according to Ariana News.

The Taliban rejected the allegations and called them propaganda against the group.

The Taliban forces previously imposed a harsh version of the Islamic regime on the Afghans before their ouster after the US-led invasion in 2001.

Girls were excluded from school and women were prohibited from working outside the home or being seen in public with a male relative.

And those who broke the rules suffered flogging, beheading, hangings and crucifixions.

But the last American forces left Afghanistan’s Bagram airfield on Friday after 20 years in the war-torn region.

And some experts fear that the withdrawal of US troops will leave behind a nation on the brink of disaster.

General Sir Richard Barrons, a former commander of the Joint Forces Command, told The Times that the Afghans were “in danger of collapsing.”

20 years in Afghanistan – what happened?

US forces have begun a full withdrawal from Afghanistan under the orders of US President Joe Biden after spending 20 years fighting to stabilize the war-torn nation.

Some 456 British and 2,420 American soldiers – along with hundreds of other coalition soldiers – died in the war sparked by the September 11 attacks.

And civilian casualties are estimated at nearly 50,000.

Codenamed Operation Enduring Freedom, the United States led an invasion off Afghanistan to drive out the Taliban after Al Qaeda flew planes against the World Trade Center and other American buildings in 2001.

The mission was to oust the Taliban, who allegedly harbored terrorists and provided them with a safe haven, including Osama bin Laden.

What followed was nearly 20 years of bitter conflict as the United States, its allies and Afghan security forces mounted a bitter campaign to try to rebuild the country and push back the Taliban.

The Taliban had ruled most of Afghanistan after the Afghan Civil War in the 1990s, triggered by the withdrawal of the Soviet Union.

Western countries actually supported the Taliban in the 1980s as they led an insurgency against the Soviet-backed regime of Mohammad Najibullah.

However, after taking power in 1996, the Taliban brutally ruled Afghanistan and offered refuge to terrorist killers like Osama.

As the American war unfolded in the 2010s, Bin Laden was killed in May 2011, during an American special forces raid in Abbotabad, Pakistan.

And since then, there has been a slow withdrawal, with British troops formally ending combat operations in October 2014.

In February 2020, a peace deal was signed between the United States and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, which agreed to a withdrawal – one that the Afghan government criticized as being done “behind closed doors.”

The Taliban forces have since continued operations and gained ground – and the United States continues to withdraw its troops.

The war is seen as a defeat against the Taliban and an improvement in the lives of the Afghan people who once lived under strict Islamic law and now have free elections.

However, for some, this is unfinished business that has been mismanaged – and it could just see 20 years later a return to Taliban rule as they did before 9/11.

He said: “We could argue that a lot more money, a lot more soldiers and a lot more time could have helped Afghanistan settle into a peaceful and modernizing state – but this is academic: we are moving away. to fight for it. “

Meanwhile, US General Scott Miller warned the country was on the brink of a “civil war” as Taliban militants took over more than a third of Afghanistan.

“It should be of concern to the world,” General Miller said.

And there are fears that the country could become a new haven for terrorist forces wishing to strike the West, with The Sun Online revealing that new training camps could be operational by September.

Professor Anthony Glees, of the Center for Security and Intelligence Studies at Buckingham University, said the Taliban are now “back in force”.

The vile atrocities committed by the Taliban are well documented, especially by ISIS which may be seeking to establish vile domination over parts of Afghanistan as they have done in Iraq and Syria.

The Taliban have said they “welcome and support” the decision of the United States and NATO to withdraw.

But Robert Clark, of the Henry Jackson Society national security think tank, warned that other terrorist groups such as ISIS would seek to assert their claim to Afghanistan.

Clark told The Sun Online: “If [the Taliban] will stick to another question, but they will probably do so to avoid the return of American troops, but that does not mean that they can control other terrorist groups, such as ISIS, which will seek to profit from it and will seek to recruit and train there.

“They don’t have such a deal. It could turn into a terrorist battleground. “

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