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How Exactly Has The Taliban Changed?

The latest violence in Afghanistan is fueling questions about the insurgency’s carefully crafted image as a populist movement that’s trying to liberate Muslims from foreign rule. For years, Taliban leaders have been giving interviews and making videotapes where they argue their focus is fighting foreign invasions of Muslim lands, not fighting women or children. The flags were being installed ahead of Eid al-Fitr and National Day on July 24. In an effort to prevent locals from installing the national flag in the city, militants tried to discourage them and threatened to harm anyone who permitted the installation of the flag at their home or business.

The efforts, however, failed as residents living across different parts of the province continued installing the flag. Khan said the militants threatened people but failed to prevent them from hoisting the flag on their buildings and homes. They also warned people not to stage any rally celebrating National Day and Eid al-Fitr during Ramadan. A Taliban leader in Baghlan province, Ghulam Farooq, said the insurgents had standing orders to avoid civilian casualties but could not guarantee the safety of non-combatants in areas controlled by national security forces.

“We will help them to leave the area safely so that there are no civilian casualties, but if they were seen with security forces they will be considered an enemy and targeted,” Farooq told Reuters. We are trained in the art of war,” said one insurgent, who was discussing a complex insurgent attack last month in the Murghab district of Badghis The people of Afghanistan have had to endure a lot over the past two months. Taliban forces have taken over large areas of territory where they can carry out attacks and where the government can’t influence them. The people of Afghanistan are blaming the government for failing to protect them. The province delayed efforts to reopen the road west from Kabul to Herat. 

“We know how to fight conventional armies.” As the Taliban insurgency continues to spread, Afghans have had to leave their homes due to insecurity brought upon by militants. The death toll of this war has also risen to new heights with casualties of family members, friends, and neighbors. While the current Taliban insurgency is something we must fight, it is important that we remember the reasons behind our actions. A former police official told Reuters four people had been killed in the protest and 13 injured in a possible suicide bombing. Afghanistan’s Pajhwok news agency shared a video of what it said was the incident, showing crowds running as gunfire was heard.

NBC News was unable to immediately verify the footage.” Meanwhile, the Taliban’s assurance of a “safe passage” to the Kabul airport, where thousands have thronged in a desperate bid to be taken out of the country, has also been undermined by photos and a Los Angeles Times report about the Taliban’s brutal treatment of those trying to reach the airport. Hundreds of people were outside the airport on Wednesday, according to The Associated Press. It said the Taliban demanded to see documents before allowing the rare passenger inside. The Taliban fired shots and dispersed them, one agency said. Will President Biden keep his word and get those that helped us out of the country? It remains to be seen.

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