Taliban “Intensifies” Search for Afghans Who Helped United States (UN Document) – .

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Taliban “Intensifies” Search for Afghans Who Helped United States (UN Document) – .


United Nations (United States) (AFP)

The Taliban are stepping up the search for people who worked with US and NATO forces, according to a confidential United Nations document, though militants vow not to take revenge on opponents.

The report – provided by the UN threat assessment consultants and consulted by AFP – says the group has “priority lists” of individuals it wants to arrest.

Those most at risk are those who have played a central role in the Afghan army, police and intelligence units, according to the document.

The Taliban have carried out “targeted door-to-door visits” to those they wish to apprehend and members of their families, according to the report.

He adds that the activists are also checking individuals en route to Kabul airport and have set up checkpoints in major cities, including the capital and Jalalabad.

The document, dated Wednesday, was compiled by the Norwegian Center for Global Analyzes, an organization that provides intelligence to UN agencies.

“They target the families of those who refuse to surrender, and pursue and punish their families ‘according to sharia’,” Christian Nellemann, executive director of the group, told AFP.

“We expect the two people previously working with NATO / US forces and their allies, as well as their family members, to be at risk of torture and execution.

“This will further jeopardize Western intelligence, their networks, their methods and their ability to counter the Taliban, the Islamic State and other terrorist threats to come,” he added.

The report says the activists are “quickly recruiting” new informants to collaborate with the Taliban regime and expanding their target lists by contacting mosques and money brokers.

The Taliban have launched a public relations blitz since returning to power on Sunday, including promising a full amnesty for all who have worked with the elected Afghan government.

But Afghans and observers have not forgotten the ultra-conservative Islamic Taliban regime of 1996-2001 when brutal punishments, such as stoning to death for adultery, were imposed.

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