The Afghan Taliban made a splash in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, gaining control of most of the country’s thirty-four provincial capitals in nearly nine days. The armed fighters reached the capital Kabul early on Sunday. A risk valuation from the U.N. has cautioned the Taliban is stepping up their search for people who worked with American and NATO troops or the previous Afghan administration and is going door-to-door to find targets.
Provided by the United Nation’s threat-assessment consultants and observed by news media, the confidential report says the armed group has ‘priority lists’ of people it wants to arrest and to intimidate to kill or arresting their family members.
LOOK: People waved the Afghanistan’s national flag as they celebrated the 102nd Independence Day of the country on August 19, just days following the Taliban’s military takeover. | 📷AFP pic.twitter.com/w00zjQ0T5f
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In Jalalabad, Taliban forces fired at people waving the Afghanistan flag during the nation’s Independence-Day celebrations, injuring a man and a teenager.
United Nation’s World Food Program’s (WFP) director in Afghanistan, Mary-Ellen McGroarty, cautions of humanitarian crisis with fourteen million people in Afghanistan facing severe hunger.
On Thursday, UNESCO, the U.N.’s cultural agency, asked for the protection and preservation of the cultural heritage of the Islamic Republic, cautioning that damaging it has unfavorable outcomes on enduring peace. On August 19, the U.S. Defense Department officials stated that they’d vacated about seven thousand people in past days and that six thousand additional had been processed.
The U.S. Will Stay in Afghanistan Until All U.S. Citizens Are Evacuated
The Afghan Taliban has paced Kabul security in the hands of the Haqqani Network, which has closest relationships with Jihadi groups, including Al-Qaeda. According to a White House official, as of Wednesday, the American military had vacated approximately six thousand individuals from Afghanistan.
Reporting from the capital Kabul, Charlotte Bellis, Kiwi journalist with Al Jazeera Kabul, said that there’re some isolated demonstrations associated with the flag in Afghan capital as well, with persons, walking down the streets past Taliban forces waving the old flag and saying that their flag is their identity.
Joe Biden, the President of the U.S., says American forces will remain in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan until all U.S. citizens are vacated, even if that means they’re in Afghanistan beyond the troop’s withdrawal deadline of 31st August. Mr. Biden told ABC News that if there are U.S. residents left, they will stay in the country until they evacuate them all.
Furthermore, the U.S. Department of State says it anticipates the Taliban permitting everyone who desires to leave the country securely and without intimidation.
On 17th August, Jake Sullivan, the U.S. national security adviser, said that the global community would be observing and verifying if Afghan Taliban meets obligations to maintain fundamental human rights.