‘Mutual self-interest’? Taliban beheads Afghan soldier, celebrates by holding severed head in video

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AFGHANISTAN – Anyone who may have believed, as the President did, that “mutual self-interest” would control the Taliban just received a vivid wake-up call from a gruesome 30-second clip showing an Afghan soldier’s severed head being held up by celebrating Taliban terrorists.

The Afghan soldier was killed by the Taliban before the terrorists filmed the barbaric scene, which was then shared in an online chat room. The video shows a group of Taliban terrorists chanting, “Mujahideen” as the parade the man’s head around like rabid animals.

One terrorist held up two bloody knives as he also chanted “Mujahideen,” and Arabic word for those that fight in the name of Islam.

The Taliban had vowed to honor a commitment to offer amnesty to those who fought against them during the 20-year war with America, but that commitment now seems unlikely.

The video showed six Taliban terrorists surrounding the dead soldier laying supine on the ground. Holding the severed head by the hair, the terrorist, appearing to be their commander, told the group:

“Shoot him! He has to look shot!”

Before the video ended, the terrorists also praised Hibatullah Akhunzada, the supreme leader of the Taliban.

The Taliban high command has repeatedly assured the international community that they have changed from the barbaric behavior displayed before the U.S. invasion following the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman, told the BBC that they had changed their ways:

“Many of us were doing the jihad, the resistance, against (the) then Soviet Union and now the 20-year occupation by the US and allies.”

“Now, we are focusing on lifting the lives of our people, the construction of Afghanistan, creating jobs for our people, building a welfare state.

“If I compare it to the past, we had a domestic war, fighting. But now we are focusing more on our economic activities, on creating jobs, expanding education, (and) other needs of the people.”

Shaheen made those comments just days after Taliban terrorists executed Rohullah Azizi, the brother of Amrullah Saleh – one of the Afghan resistance fighters’ leaders.

Ebadullah Saleh told Reuters in a text:

“They executed my uncle. They killed him yesterday and would not let us bury him. They kept saying his body should rot.”

During the disastrous withdrawal of American forces from the country in August, the Taliban promised women’s rights, media freedom, and amnesty for government officials during their first press conference after re-seizing power.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the terror group’s spokesman, claimed:

“I would like to assure the international community, including the United States, that nobody will be harmed. We don’t want any internal or external enemies.”

President Biden said in late August that he did not trust the Taliban, but he was relying on the terrorists to do what they promised:

“No one trusts them… We’re just counting on their self-interest to continue to generate their activities, and it’s in their self-interest that we leave when we said and that we get as many people out as we can.

“It’s not a matter of trust, it’s a matter of mutual self-interest.”

Unfortunately, the people that the Biden administration got out of the country did not include everyone. When U.S. forces completed withdrawing from the country on August 31, 2021, they left hundreds of American citizens and allied Afghans trapped in the country.

Afghan security consultant Nasser Von Waziri reacted to the beheading with disgust:

“This is barbaric, and I will never trust the Taliban.

“A terrorist is always a terrorist.”

 

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Report: Chilling audio released as Taliban engaging in house-to-house executions following U.S. exit from Afghanistan

August 31, 2021

 

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – According to reports, the Taliban have allegedly started going door-to-door and committing executions in Kabul following the United States’ exit from Afghanistan.

Furthermore, audio hosting the sounds of distant gunfire was shared to Fox News by an Afghan man who worked with Americans on the ground.

In a portion of the audio clip provided to Fox News, the Afghan man stated the following:

“I think there’s a conflict between the Taliban, I have no idea where I’m located. From everywhere I hear the sounds of shooting, gunfire. I have no idea how to leave.”

The recording of the audio reportedly took place at around the same time that the final U.S. plane left Kabul.

A senior U.S. official also reportedly told Fox News that the Taliban were carrying out “house-to-house executions in Kabul” following the departure of the United States.

This revelation comes shortly after President Joe Biden did not refute a Politico report noting that U.S. officials in Kabul offered the Taliban a list of Americans in the country, green card holders, and Afghan allies in order to enable them access to the airport, which this practice of course caused concern among military officials.

The official Twitter account for the Taliban posted a celebratory message after the final plane took off in Kabul, writing the following:

“The last American soldier left Kabul airport at 9pm Afghan time tonight and our country gained full independence, Alhamdulillah Walmana.”

Retired 2-Star Army General Vincent Boles cautioned that the Taliban should not to become too comfortable with declaring independence, because they must now demonstrate on a national level that they will follow through on their vows to be a different Taliban than two decades ago:

“Be careful what you ask for. Now they have to show they can govern a nation and people that are very different than when they left power. Will the Taliban go forward to the future or pull Afghanistan back to the past? The answer will be in their behavior…behavior is believable.”

Earlier in August, while the evacuations were still in full-swing, a former translator for a high-ranking U.S. Army Ranger claimed that the Taliban had already started executing U.S. allies in public, in areas away from Kabul so as to avoid media attention:

“They are not doing really bad stuff in Kabul right now because there’s a lot of media focus on Kabul, but they already started public execution in other provinces where a lot of media is not available or covering it.”

In another concerning development, the CENTCOM commander, Marine Corps General Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., stated that “we did not get everybody out that we wanted to get out,” prior to the August 31st deadline. General McKenzie explained that the final five flights leaving the country did not host any American citizens:

“We maintained the ability to bring them in up until immediately before departure, but we were not able to bring any Americans out. None of them made it to the airport and were able to be accommodated.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that a “small number” of Americans remain in the country that want to actually leave Afghanistan, estimating the number to be somewhere around 100:

“We believe there are still a small number of Americans, under 200 and likely closer to 100, who remain in Afghanistan and want to leave. We’re trying to determine exactly how many.”

General McKenzie says that with there being no American troops on the ground in Afghanistan, officials will have to rely on diplomatic efforts to get the Americans back home:

“I believe that we’re going to get those people out. I think we’re also going to negotiate very hard and very aggressively to get our other Afghan partners out. Our desire to bring these people out remains as intense as it was before.”

 

 

 

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