This week, a disturbing video out of Afghanistan revealed Taliban fighters holding a severed head of an Afghan soldier while celebrating.
According to Daily Mail, the 30-second video, originally shared to an online chat room, featured Taliban fighters chanting “Mujahideen” while holding the hair of the severed soldier’s head in the air.
Six of the men were holding rifles, and another was clutching onto two bloodied knives.
It is believed the man on the ground was an Afghan soldier due to the color of his dark green uniform – similar to that given to the national army by the US.
They then start shouting praise for the Taliban’s supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada.
The video ends with the group stating they must shoot the Afghan soldiers because ‘he has to look shot.’
“Huhahideen,” the Arabic term, refers to Muslims fighting on behalf of Islam. The horrific video came online shortly after Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen claimed the Taliban had grown into a kinder, gentler regime dedicated to the people of Afghanistan.
We are the people of Afghanistan. Many of us were doing the jihad, the resistance, against then Soviet Union and now the 20-year occupation by the US and allies.
Now, we are focusing on lifting the lives of our people, the construction of Afghanistan, creating jobs for our people, building a welfare state.
If I compare it to the past, we had a domestic war, fighting. But now we are focusing more on our economic activities, on creating jobs, expanding education, other needs of the people.
Violence is not the official policy. If everyone wants to have a demonstration, they should get permission from the minister interior and state the demonstration will take place.
President Biden referred to the Taliban as “businesslike and professional” recently.
“The Taliban have been cooperative in facilitating the departure of American citizens and lawful permanent residents on charter flights from HKIA. They have shown flexibility, and they have been businesslike and professional in our dealings with them in this effort,” National Security Council (NSC) Spokesperson Emily Horne said.
Najla Ayoubi, a former Afghan judge and activist, alleged the Taliban burned a woman for her lousy cooking this past August. “They are forcing people to give them food and cook them food. A woman was put on fire because she was accused of bad cooking for Taliban fighters,” Ayoubi told Sky News.
Last week, Taliban special forces forcefully dispersed a woman’s rights protest in Kabul by firing their weapons in the air.