Images of bloodied Afghans contradict Taliban’s claims of moderation

Images of bloodied Afghans contradict Taliban’s claims of moderation
Taliban fighters. AP video

[Ed. – Quelle surprise.]

Reports that Taliban fighters have beaten women and children at a checkpoint in Kabul emerged on Wednesday as the group attempted to consolidate its control after a rapid takeover of the the country.

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 been undermined by a report and photographs by a Los Angeles Times reporter.

In one of the graphic images, a woman and child are seen with blood on their faces and apparently unconscious.

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The Taliban said one of their leaders and co-founders, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, had returned to Afghanistan for the first time in more than 10 years. A Taliban official said leaders would show themselves to the world, unlike in the past when they lived in secret.

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