Taliban conducting door-to-door manhunts: The Taliban have stepped up their search for NATO forces or people who have worked for the previous Afghan government, the UN document warns.
Militants roam from house to house to find targets and threaten their family members.
Ever since the hardline Islamist group seized power, it has sought to reassure Afghans that “there will be no retaliation.”
But there are fears that the Taliban have changed little since the brutal 1990s.
The warning that the group would target “collaborators” came in a confidential document from the RHIPTO Norwegian Center for Global Analysis, which provides intelligence to the UN.
“The number of people currently being targeted by the Taliban is high and the threat is clear,” Christian Nelliemann, who leads the group behind the report, told the BBC.
“In writing, if they do not surrender themselves, family members will be arrested, interrogated, interrogated and punished on behalf of those individuals.”
He warned that someone on the Taliban’s blacklist was in grave danger and that there was a possibility of mass executions.
Among other developments:
- More anti-Taliban protests took place in several cities. In the capital, Kabul, protesters hoisted the national flag, but in Asadabad, protesters were killed.
- One of the dead was identified as 19 – year – old Jackie Anwari, who played for Afghanistan’s national youth football team.
- Foreign powers continue their efforts to bring their compatriots out of Afghanistan. The U.S. says 7,000 people have been evacuated since Aug. 14
- The situation outside Kabul airport is chaotic. Taliban thwart Afghan attempt to flee, a video shows a child being handed over to a U.S. soldier
- The Taliban now control thousands of US-made armored vehicles, 30-40 aircraft, and a large number of small arms, U.S. officials told Reuters.
The Taliban captured Kabul on Sunday as foreign forces withdrew.
Their victory brings the group back to power 20 years after it collapsed in a US-led invasion.
The group’s previous power has seen widespread abuse, such as popularity and the banning of women from office.
But at their first news conference, since Afghanistan regained control, the group displayed a compromising voice, promising that women’s rights would be respected “within the framework of Islamic law.”
A one-piece mask covering the face and body – information that the Taliban have vowed not to force women to wear the burqa. Instead, the hijab – or helmet – is mandatory.
They also said they did not want “internal or external enemies” and would pardon former members of the security forces and those who had worked with foreign powers.
The international powers – and many Afghans – are skeptical.
UN chief Antonio Guterres said the terrorists’ desire for international recognition was the only leverage the Taliban had.
When asked in an interview if he thought the Taliban had changed, US President Joe Biden said he did not want the group to be “existential” about whether they wanted to be recognized.