It’s been hell on earth in Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan as merciless Taliban troops have been beating women and gunning down unarmed protesters who try to make known their frustrations.
There have been several media content about thousands of helpless Afghan families desperate to leave the country, but a means of an escape is one that’s coming at high premium. The entrance to the Baron hotel, near Kabul airport, has become the focal point for Afghans seeking refuge in the UK.
It is guarded by Parachute Regiment troops. One officer told news outlet, Independent: “The mothers were desperate, they were getting beaten by the Taliban. “They shouted, ‘save my baby’ and threw the babies at us. “Some of the babies fell on the barbed wire. It was awful what happened. “By the end of the night there wasn’t one man among us who was not crying.”
Meanwhile, the Taliban have started showing their true colours already as troops, killing protesters, injuring many, whipped crowds, and tarred suspected looters. At least three people were killed and six were seriously injured when militants opened fire in the city of Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan.
Protesters had poured onto the streets to demand the fanatics ditch their white flag and keep the country’s tricolour. A journalist who raised the Afghan national flag in defiance was shot dead in cold blood by the jihadists, along with two other demonstrators. In Kabul, the militants beat back crowds desperate to reach the capital’s airport, where thousands of people are being evacuated in US and UK airlifts.
Meanwhile, Afghan leader Mr Ghani, who fled to the UAE, said he risked being castrated and hanged by the Taliban if he stayed — like Communist President Najibullah in 1994 just before the 1995 takeover of Kabul.
American President Joe Biden has also received some criticism from Britain’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter. Carter slammed Biden for abandoning Afghanistan to its current fate, fuming that the US decision to cut and run shattered the Afghan army’s morale and led to its collapse. He said frontline troops felt deserted after years of fighting bravely — and he rebuked the US President for claiming Afghan troops were cowards.
“The exit of US forces and particularly US air power came as a significant shock, and I don’t think any of us realised the extent to which that undermined their morale.” The Taliban swept to power in a ten-day advance. As Afghanistan plunged into chaos President Biden accused brave Afghan soldiers for lacking the will to fight on.
However, in a stark rebuke, Gen Carter responded: “One has to be careful about saying they simply didn’t fight. “One has to look back on how well they fought between 2014 and April of this year.”