Afghanistan news latest – Taliban henchmen 'whip women and shoot at crowds' in Kabul horror video as Boris is grilled

Taliban thugs have attacked women and children with whips and sticks before firing their guns amid chaos at Kabul airport, reports claim.

At least half dozen people were wounded including a mother and young son, within an hour of the violence erupting in the Afghan capital.

Shocking photos show the new horror reality for Afghans who are trying to escape the Taliban.

Thousands of citizens have been waiting outside Kabul Airport for a way out – but jihadi thugs used gunfire, whips, sticks, and sharp objects to maintain the crowds, reports claim.

One devastating snap shows a man carrying a bloodied child while another is pictured crying directly into the camera.

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    TALIBAN BLOW UP STATUTE OF SHIA MILITIA LEADER

    The Taliban have blown up the statue of a Shia militia leader who had fought against them during Afghanistan's civil war in the 1990s.

    The statue depicted a militia leader killed by the Taliban in 1996, when the Islamic militants seized power from rival warlords.

    Abdul Ali Mazari was a champion of Afghanistan's ethnic Hazara minority, Shia who were persecuted under the Sunni Taliban's earlier rule.

    The statue stood in the central Bamyan province, where the Taliban infamously blew up two massive 1,500-year-old statues of Buddha carved into a mountain in 2001. The Taliban claimed the Buddhas violated Islam's prohibition on idolatry.

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    APOCALYPSE NOW

    The Taliban’s reign of terror has begun as fighters are reportedly going door-to-door with a kill list and women face torture & execution under brutal new rules.

    Disturbing reports are already emerging from Afghanistan as the government collapsed and the Taliban seized power once again nearly 20 years after being driven out by the West.

    Taliban forces have already pledged to reintroduce the twisted laws which saw them brutalise women and gay people when they ruled Afghanistan in the 90s.

    And there have already been reports throughout their advance of women being shot dead and girls as young as 12 being dragged from their homes to be “married”.

    It appears however their first mission is tick off victims who have made their way onto their “kill list” as they hunt down anyone who may have helped forces of the US, UK and other nations during the occupation.

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    US AIR FORCE SAYS HUMAN REMAINS WERE FOUND IN WHEEL WELL OF C-17 PLANE

    The US Air Force says it is reviewing an incident of human remains being found in a wheel well

    They were discovered in the wheel well of a C-17 military plane flying from Kabul to Qatar, Reuters reports.

    The US Air Force said said the aircraft landed at Kabul’s airport on Sunday and was surrounded by hundreds of Afghan civilians.

    In a statement, it said: “Faced with a rapidly deteriorating security situation around the aircraft, the C-17 crew decided to depart the airfield as quickly as possible.”

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    TALIBAN TELLS BORIS JOHNSON TO ‘RESPECT THE ASPIRATION’ OF AFGHANISTAN & IT IS HIS ‘MORAL OBLIGATION’ TO REBUILD COUNTRY

    The Taliban has told Boris Johnson to “respect the aspiration” of Afghanistan and that it’s his “moral obligation” to help rebuild the country.

    This is a “new chapter” of “peace and co-existence” in Afghanistan – and world leaders need to get on board with the new way of life, the group said today.

    Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban’s spokesman told Sky News: “The UK Prime Minister and all leaders of the world, they should respect the aspirations of the people of Afghanistan.

    “The people of Afghanistan fought for their freedom with their lives and their equipment and money – everything they had for the last 20 years.

    “Now they want to open a new chapter. A new chapter of peace and co-existence, reconstruction of Afghanistan.”

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    SAFE & SOUND

    The first Brits and Afghan refugees have safely touched down in the UK after escaping the murderous clutches of Taliban thanks to a dramatic RAF rescue.

    One relieved passenger gave a delighted thumbs-up as evacuees aboard an Airbus KC2 Voyager aircraft from Kabul landed at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire.

    Around 20,000 Afghans will be flown to Britain to escape the Taliban in one of the biggest resettlements in our history.

    At least 12 military flights left Kabul on Tuesday, including three UK jets.

    Most headed to more stable parts of the Middle East such as Doha before passengers could catch charter flights back to the UK.

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    INTERPRETER APPEALS TO UK GOVERNMENT TO HELP FAMILIES LEFT IN AFGHANISTAN

    An Afghan interpreter has pleaded with the UK Government to help the families “who offered their sons when your sons needed help” in the fight against terror.

    The 35-year-old man and his brother started helping British forces when he was just 17 before emigrating to the UK in 2011. Although he is now a British citizen, his brother and parents remain trapped in Kabul as the Taliban move to complete their lightning quick takeover of the country.

    The interpreter, who gave his name only as Mr Hottak to protect his family’s identity, is now planning a protest outside Parliament on Wednesday to demand the UK offer asylum to all interpreters and their families.

    He told the PA news agency: “That nation (Afghanistan) had lost all hope when it was under the Taliban regime, they were only alive, they weren’t living. But the international community came, they gave them hope, they gave them dreams, they started living with humanity, and then suddenly you pull out the rug from under their feet and leave them alone like that.

    “To the audience here in the UK please, support these interpreters and their families, their parents, their siblings, those who have offered their sons when your sons needed help. We supported you in that war against terror, many of us carry mental and physical scars.

    “Our parents and our families have supported us against all the odds and against all our relatives who were against aiding the Americans in that country.”

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    KABUL CARNAGE

    Taliban thugs have attacked women and children with whips and sticks before firing their guns amid chaos at Kabul airport, reports claim.

    At least half dozen people were wounded including a mother and young son, within an hour of the violence erupting in the Afghan capital.

    Shocking photos show the new horror reality for Afghans who are trying to escape the Taliban.

    Thousands of citizens have been waiting outside Kabul Airport for a way out – but jihadi thugs used gunfire, whips, sticks, and sharp objects to maintain the crowds, reports claim.

    One devastating snap shows a man carrying a bloodied child while another is pictured crying directly into the camera.

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    NEXT 24 HOURS ARE "PRETTY CRITICAL", SAYS HEAD OF THE ARMED FORCES

    The next 24 hours could be "pretty critical" in evacuating people from Afghanistan, according to General Sir Nick Carter, the head of the British armed forces.

    The Chief of the Defence Staff said the are "a lot of challenges on the ground" and "we hope to get around 1,000 people out today".

    General Sir Nick, who expected around seven aircraft would be heading to Kabul, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "There are a lot of desperate people trying to get to the airport, and subject to the situation remaining calm, which the Taliban are working hard to achieve alongside us, the system will work, we believe."

    He added: "At the moment we are collaborating with the Taliban on the ground, who are providing security.

    "They are making sure that the centre of Kabul is very calm at the moment and so far we have not had reports of people finding it difficult to get to the airport."

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    HOME SECRETARY PRITI PATEL DEFENDS UK'S REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT SCHEME

    Home Secretary Priti Patel has defended the Government's scheme to resettle vulnerable Afghans fleeing the Taliban.

    The Government has faced criticism that it is not moving quickly enough after it said it would take up to 20,000 refugees with up to 5,000 in the first year.

    Ms Patel told Sky News: "We have to ensure we have the support structures throughout the United Kingdom. We will be working with local councils throughout the country, the devolved governments as well.

    "We are working quickly on this. We cannot accommodate 20,000 people all in one go. Currently we are bringing back almost 1,000 people a day.

    "This is an enormous effort. We can't do this on our own. We have to work together."

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    UNICEF STILL DELIVERING AID TO MOST PARTS OF AFGHANISTAN

    The U.N. children’s agency is still delivering aid to most parts of Afghanistan after the Taliban seized control and is quite hopeful for cooperation with Taliban representatives, the UNICEF field operations chief for the country said on Tuesday.

    “We have ongoing discussions, we are quite optimistic based on those discussions. We have not a single issue with the Taliban in those field offices,” Mustapha Ben Messaoud, UNICEF’s chief of field operations in Afghanistan, told a U.N. briefing in Geneva.

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    PM TO UNVEIL AFGHAN RESETTLEMENT SCHEME IN COMING DAYS

    Boris Johnson is preparing to announce a “new and bespoke resettlement scheme” for Afghans most in need, Downing Street has said.

    The move could see the UK Government act on calls from campaigners to international leaders for a response to the refugee crisis that is likely to follow the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan.

    Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai – who was shot in the head by the extremist group in 2012 after enraging them with her campaign for girls’ schooling – became the latest high-profile figure to push for all countries to open their borders to Afghan refugees amid the Taliban resurgence.

    No 10 said the Prime Minister would give more information about the resettlement scheme in the coming days, with the scheme anticipated to be focused on helping those Afghans most in need, particularly women and girls.

    British armed forces numbers in Afghanistan are to be bolstered to 900 as the push to get UK nationals and selected Afghans out of the country intensified since the Taliban took Kabul.

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    FOREIGN SECRETARY SAYS HE IS UNLIKELY TO SIT DOWN WITH THE TALIBAN

    The Foreign Secretary said he does not see himself sitting down with his counterpart in a Taliban government “for the foreseeable future” but added there has always been some form of communication between Britain and the militant group.

    He told BBC Breakfast: “We’ve always had dialogue of some sort, either indirectly through third parties, or through the Taliban’s political commission in Doha.

    “It is important to be able to engage at least in some shape or form to test and to exert as much influence as we credibly, realistically can, and also to try and hold the Taliban to account to the new commitments they made.

    “We’ve got to try and use every lever working with our partners, working with the UN, working with Nato, to try and secure a more moderating influence, and a better course for the Afghan people in the months and years ahead.”

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    RUSSIA: NO RUSH TO RECOGNISE TALIBAN

    Russia is in no hurry to recognise the Taliban as legitimate authorities in Afghanistan, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday, calling for an inclusive government to be set up involving all Afghan ethnic groups.

    “… We see encouraging signs from the Taliban who say they would like to have a government that includes other political forces,” Lavrov told reporters.

    “But it would be premature to say that we are going to start making some political steps unilaterally.”

    Lavrov urged all ethnic groups in Afghanistan to convene for talks on the country’s future after the withdrawal of U.S. States-led forces led to the fall of its previous government.

    Citing the Russian Embassy in Kabul, Russia’s RIA news agency reported on Tuesday that talks were under way between ambassador Dmitry Zhirnov and a Taliban representative.

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    PM TO UNVEIL AFGHAN RESETTLEMENT SCHEME IN COMING DAYS

    Boris Johnson is preparing to announce a “new and bespoke resettlement scheme” for Afghans most in need, Downing Street has said.

    The move could see the UK Government act on calls from campaigners to international leaders for a response to the refugee crisis that is likely to follow the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan.

    Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai – who was shot in the head by the extremist group in 2012 after enraging them with her campaign for girls’ schooling – became the latest high-profile figure to push for all countries to open their borders to Afghan refugees amid the Taliban resurgence.

    No 10 said the Prime Minister would give more information about the resettlement scheme in the coming days, with the scheme anticipated to be focused on helping those Afghans most in need, particularly women and girls.

    British armed forces numbers in Afghanistan are to be bolstered to 900 as the push to get UK nationals and selected Afghans out of the country intensified since the Taliban took Kabul.

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    MEDIEVAL PUNISHMENT

    Rampaging Taliban fanatics are tarring men accused of theft and parading them around the streets as UK troops fly out to evacuate up to 4,000 British nationals.

    The medieval punishments were photographed in the newly-captured city of Herat amid fears the capital Kabul could fall within days — with the insurgents just 40 miles away.

    The pictures of the punishments shared by Afghan journalist Bilal Sarway show men tarred in black with nooses around their necks being dragged through the streets by armed gunmen.

    Meanwhile, an urgent operation to evacuate up to 4,000 British nationals, contractors and staff is underway as Taliban commanders “vowed to enter Kabul like a roaring lion”.

    Hundreds of paratroopers are flying out this weekend to Afghanistan to provide protection to those escaping as the religious fanatics close in on the capital.

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    WHO CONCERNED ABOUT SLOWDOWN IN COVID VACCINATION RATES

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is worried about the spread of the coronavirus in Afghanistan as the upheaval caused by the Taliban advance has slowed vaccinations, a spokesperson said on Tuesday.

    WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic also told a U.N. briefing that the chaos at Kabul airport, where thousands of people are trying to flee the Taliban, was slowing deliveries of medical supplies.

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    VIDEO SHOWS TWO STOWAWAYS FALLING TO THEIR DEATHS IN DESPERATE BID TO CATCH FLIGHT OUT OF AFGHANISTAN

    Harrowing video shows two stowaways falling to their deaths after being thrown from a transport aircraft taking off from Kabul airport.

    The two fell several hundred feet from the C-17 transport plane as thousands of desperate Afghans try get out of the country after the Taliban victory.

    The stampede at Kabul Airport has already left five people dead with more people clambering over walls to get in.

    In chaotic scenes echoing the fall of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam war, petrified men, women and children were filmed trying to get on aircraft after the Taliban stormed the capital.

    With civilian flights suspended, many turned US Air Force aircraft to try get out of the country.

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    JIHADI PARK

    Taliban thugs have been having fun riding dodgems at a captured theme park – as others go door-to-door with a kill list.

    Bizarre video shows the armed fanatics, who carry out brutal executions, stonings and amputations, also riding on a merry-go-round.

    Footage shows them driving the dodgems around and seemingly enjoying themselves.

    The two can be seen laughing and smiling as they drive around into other cars – with their guns propped up in the passenger seat.

    In other video, Taliban fighters were also seen riding ponies on a merry-go-round at the theme park.

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    DOMINIC RAAB: OVER 3,000 PEOPLE EVACUATED FROM AFGHANISTAN

    Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said around 150 British nationals were flown out of Afghanistan on Sunday, while 3,300 Afghan staff have also been evacuated.

    Speaking on the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland radio programme, Mr Raab said hundreds more people would be flown out of the country in the coming days.

    He said: “As we secure the airport – you’ll have seen the distressing scenes we saw yesterday.

    “But the scenes this morning at 6am, the situation is much more stable, because we put in more troops and the US has done the same.

    “We’ll get more of those flights coming out with both British nationals and the Afghans who have served us.”

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    INCREDIBLE PICTURE SHOWS 640 DESPERATE AFGHANS PACKED TOGETHER ON US CARGO JET AS THEY FLEE TALIBAN CARNAGE IN KABUL

    An incredible image has emerged showing 640 Afghans packed together on a US cargo jet as they flee the Taliban carnage in Kabul.

    The harrowing pic shows the desperate crowd cramming onto the aircraft after they ran on before the military could close the ramps on Sunday.

    The plane – which is equipped to comfortably fit 150 soldiers or 171,000lbs of cargo – was rushed by the terrified residents as they desperately tried to escape the war-torn country.

    The crew on the US Air Force C-17 numbered RCH 871 “made the decision to go” despite the extra passengers, an unnamed defense official said.

    The US has flown at least two C-17 cargo jets out of the capital so far, with more expected as the week unfolds.

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    TALIBAN FIGHTERS SHOW OFF THEIR WEAPONS

    The Russian Kalashnikov AK-47 and its derivatives have long been the assault rifle of choice for militant groups because of their rugged design, but some Taliban fighters are trading them in for captured U.S. guns as Afghanistan’s government collapses.

    Video and pictures published by the Taliban on Twitter and elsewhere show fighters carrying M4 carbines and M16 rifles discarded by Afghan army units. Other images show Taliban forces capturing abandoned government vehicles.

    The U.S. guns are more accurate and have greater range than the their AK-47s, but on their own may not deliver much added capability on the battlefield.

    “Some of the hardware might be useful to have if looking to intimidate rival warlords, but that’s about it,” said Grant Newsham, a retired United States Marine Corps colonel. “They've done rather well with what they already had.”

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    TALIBAN DECLARED 'AMNESTY' AND SAY WOMEN CAN JOIN THE GOVERNMENT

    The Taliban declared an "amnesty" across Afghanistan and urged women to join their government Tuesday, seeking to convince a wary population that they have changed a day after deadly chaos gripped the main airport as desperate crowds tried to flee their rule.

    The Taliban have sought to portray themselves as more moderate than when they imposed a brutal rule in the late 1990s. But many Afghans remain skeptical.

    Older generations remember the Taliban's ultraconservative Islamic views, which included severe restrictions on women as well as public stonings and amputations.

    The capital of Kabul remained quiet for another day as the Taliban patrolled its streets and many residents stayed home, remain fearful after the insurgents' takeover saw prisons emptied and armories looted.

    Many women have expressed dread that the two-decade Western experiment to expand their rights and remake Afghanistan would not survive the resurgent Taliban.

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    AFGHANISTAN’S FIRST FEMALE MAYOR SAYS SHE IS ‘WAITING TO BE KILLED’

    Zarifa Ghafari was first appointed mayor of Maidan Shahr in 2018.

    The then-26-year-old made history as the first female – and youngest – mayor in Afghanistan’s history.

    After her appointment Ghafari campaigned to improve women’s rights in the country but faced death threats from the Taliban and Isis for her work.

    The 29-year-old told the i: “I’m sitting here waiting for them to come. There is no one to help me or my family. I’m just sitting with them and my husband. And they will come for people like me and kill me. I can’t leave my family. And anyway, where would I go?”

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    WHAT WILL THE UK PARLIAMENT DISCUSS THIS AFTERNOON?

    Last night, the Government announced both Houses of Parliament would be recalled for a single day on Wednesday to discuss the response to the Afghan crisis.

    The Government has insisted it will do anything it can to get British staff and Afghans who aided their mission over the past 20 years to safety.

    But shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds has written to Priti Patel urging her to “live up to their obligations” to the Afghans.

    He said: “We must now live up to our obligations, especially to those Afghan people who worked so bravely with British representatives in Afghanistan.

    “Our resettlement scheme must, urgently, be expanded to ensure people to whom we owe a huge debt are not abandoned.”

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    TALIBAN FIGHTERS CHANT ‘DEATH TO AMERICA’ AFTER KABUL FALLS AS PROTESTERS SCREAM ‘BIDEN YOU BETRAYED US’ AT WHITE HOUSE

    THIS is the shocking moment Taliban fighters were heard chanting “Death to America” in Kabul while outside the White House protestors scream “Biden you betrayed us”.

    It comes as President Biden has been blasted for “hiding out on vacation” at Camp David while the Taliban overran Afghanistan and seized control.

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