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Taliban fighters have allegedly killed the relative of a Deutsche Welle journalist in Afghanistan, the German state broadcaster stated, because the Islamist militants intensified their hunt for reporters, dissidents and people related to western forces or the previous authorities.
Deutsche Welle stated that the Taliban performed a house-to-house seek for the journalist, was not recognized and relies in Germany, according to the broadcaster. The Islamist insurgents shot useless certainly one of his family members and “seriously injured” one other. The outlet added that the militants have raided the houses of a minimum of three extra of its journalists.
The allegations severely undermined the Taliban’s claims that it could not retaliate in opposition to perceived dissidents and people who labored for US, Nato and Afghan armed forces and President Ashraf Ghani’s erstwhile authorities.
The militants’ efforts to current a extra average picture since they swept into energy on Sunday have been contradicted by repeated reports of beatings and killings by the hands of victorious fighters.
Peter Limbourg, DW’s director-general, stated the killing “testifies to the acute danger in which all our employees and their families in Afghanistan find themselves. It is evident that the Taliban are already carrying out organised searches for journalists, both in Kabul and in the provinces.”
On Tuesday, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stated the Islamists had been dedicated to a “free and independent” media and defending ladies’s’ rights as per their “cultural framework” and Islamic legislation. He stated the group would provide amnesty to their opponents.
But a report ready for the UN by the RHIPTO Norwegian Center for Global Analyses, a non-profit organisation, discovered that senior Taliban leaders had ordered fighters to search out people who labored for western forces or former Afghan authorities.
Christian Nellemann, the centre’s director, informed BBC Radio 4 that letters signed by the Taliban’s army fee instructed fighters to focus on households if the people didn’t flip themselves in.
Some of these people would have info on western operations that may be of curiosity to the Taliban and different international intelligence companies, he stated.
The Taliban didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The US and UK have confronted fierce criticism for not doing extra to guard their residents and Afghan allies as Taliban forces seized management of huge swaths of territory this month.
An inner US state division cable, first reported by the Wall Street Journal and confirmed by the Financial Times, warned final month of Kabul’s imminent collapse within the wake of the US troop withdrawal.
The pace with which the Taliban toppled Ghani’s authorities has left hundreds of Afghans related to western powers in danger.
The US has despatched greater than 5,200 troops to Kabul to safe the airport, the place determined crowds try to flee the nation. But it has struggled to regulate the evacuation, with Taliban fighters reportedly turning away these making an attempt to flee.
The US has solely evacuated 9,000 people because the weekend, far beneath its goal of 9,000 per day.
Jake Sullivan, US nationwide safety adviser, informed NBC that getting Americans out of Afghanistan was “a risky operation”.
“We right now have established contact with the Taliban to allow for the safe passage of people to the airport and that is working at the moment to get Americans and Afghans at risk to the airport,” he stated. “That being said, we can’t count on anything.”
The UK authorities additionally confronted a backlash for not doing extra to assist its Afghan interpreters after it emerged that Dominic Raab, the international secretary, was on vacation through the Taliban offensive final week, delegating pressing calls on the matter to his junior.