The Taliban violently dissolve protests in Afghanistan as thousands try to flee Kabul


Taliban terrorists fired in protests in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, injuring another 17 people in a crowd accident at the gate to the airport in Kabul.

Dozens of people gathered to raise the national flag in the eastern city of Jalalabad the day before Afghanistan’s Independence Day, which commemorates the end of the British Indian Empire in 1919. They lowered the Taliban flag (white flag with Islamic inscriptions) held by the militants. I grew up in the area they captured.

Video footage later showed that the Taliban fired in the air and attacked people with batons to disperse the crowd. A local news agency reporter, Babrak Amirzada, said he and another news agency TV cameraman were beaten by the Taliban when they tried to hide their anxiety.

Local health officials said at least one person was killed and six were injured. Officials were not allowed to speak to the media, so they spoke on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, a video from the Panjshir Valley north of Kabul, the base of the Northern Alliance militia that formed an alliance with the United States against the Taliban in 2001, shows the potential opposition gathered there. appear. It is in the only state that has not yet fallen into the Taliban.

These figures include the exiled members of the government, Vice President Ahmad Shah Massoud on Twitter, who claimed he was the legitimate president and defense minister of the country, and the leadership of the murdered Northern Alliance. Includes Ahmad Shah Massoud, the son of Ahmad Shah Massoud. .. It is unclear if they intend to challenge the Taliban, which occupied most of the country in the next few days.

Former Afghan president Ashraf Ghani fled the country on Sunday when Taliban terrorists entered Kabul’s presidential palace.

“The Taliban have won the sword and gun judgment, and now they are responsible for protecting the honor, wealth, and self-esteem of their compatriots,” he said in a statement.

The White House said officials were not in contact with the crab. The U.S. government and military are focusing on the swift evacuation of Americans and Afghans with the approaching withdrawal date of 31 August.

Officials from the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have accused the Taliban of taking over the Afghan troops rapidly, saying the people lacked the will to fight for their own country.

Another former Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, met with Taliban negotiators in Kabul Wednesday, according to Taliban photos.

In the capital of Afghanistan, people around the world tried to flee the country by entering US-owned airports before the United States completely withdrew in a few weeks.

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On August 16, 2021, US soldiers are guarding around the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Shekib Rahmani / AP Photo)
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British citizens and Afghan refugees will fly from Afghanistan to Brize Norton, the Royal Air Force, on August 17, 2021. (Pool via Mark Large / Reuters)
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Afghan citizens will cross the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan in Chaman on August 18, 2021. (AFP via Getty Images)
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Some of the first evacuees from Kabul arrive at Frankfurt International Airport in western Germany early in the morning of August 18, 2021. (ArmandoBabani / AFP via Getty Images)
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Taliban terrorists set up a checkpoint in Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 18, 2021. (Rahmat Gul / AP photo)

The Taliban have set up checkpoints around the facility, exercising power, including whipping, despite threatening the U.S. to respond with “overwhelming power” if terrorist groups interfere with evacuation. It is reported that.

Hundreds of people were outside the airport at the beginning of Wednesday, the Taliban put almost nothing inside, and only after the document was shown to the militants.

Many outsiders didn’t seem to have a passport, and every time the gate opened an inch, dozens of people tried to push it through. The Taliban occasionally fired warning shots to disperse them.

Flights to the United States, France, and many other countries depart from Hamid Karzai International Airport, which is protected by the military, including US troops and Afghan soldiers.

Australia’s first exit flight departed early Wednesday and was boarded by 26 people, including Australian citizens and Afghans with visas.

As with many flights departing Kabul, Australian officials said there were vacant seats.

“Due to throughput issues in the process of initiating evacuation, not all seats tend to be filled on the first evacuation flight of the evacuation, so we believe this will be resolved on every consecutive flight. We carry 300 passengers one after another on the average military freighter going abroad, hot-on-road and hot-off-road, “said Jake Sullivan, US National Security Assistant. I told reporters in Washington.

The United States wants to evacuate as many as 9,000 people a day, while the UK is targeting 1,000 people a day. They are one of the countries that are willing to accept Afghans with special visas, mainly Afghans who have supported the Allied Forces over the last two decades, and their relatives.

Those who rush to evacuate are nationals and Afghans from different countries who do not want to stay in their hometowns when foreigners withdraw completely. They are afraid of what the Taliban could do when the group plans to impose Shari’a law, a strict rule based on Islamic interpretations.

“The gate situation is very bad,” said Lida Ahmadhi, who applied for a special immigrant visa and finally entered the airport. The Wall Street Journal.. “I slept on the road last night. Well, after spending two nights and two days at the gate, I finally got the chance to enter. I’m very happy now.”

A NATO official told Reuters that 17 people were injured in a crowd accident as people attempted to access the gate to the airport.

About 12 people were injured or killed at the airport on Monday, two of whom were killed by US troops.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Zachary Stieber

Zachary Stieber covers US news, including politics and proceedings. He started in The Epoch Times as a metro reporter for New York City.