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Holding up the green-draped coffins, they chanted “Death to the Taliban” and called on President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah to resign.
Rokhsahana had been “stoned to death by Taliban, local religious leaders and irresponsible armed warlords,” Joyenda told AFP.
At least 76 people were killed in Afghanistan after the powerful quake struck yesterday in the Hindu Kush region, raising fears that the toll could rise as the full extent of the devastation emerges.
In announcing their capture of the city on Sept. 28, the Taliban vowed to protect civilians and property, presenting themselves as liberators. But residents say the insurgents immediately went on a rampage, looting shops and killing those who stood in their way.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email to media on Tuesday that the fighters are retreating to avoid further civilian casualties.
Unless it is confronted, the Taliban will never be defeated. It is an old adage that no counterinsurgency has ever succeeded when the rebels have had a haven.
‘If the Kabul administration wants to end the war and establish peace in the country, it is possible by revoking all military and security treaties with the invaders,’ Mansour said in the message.
Pakistan’s military spokesman pointedly noted that communications intercepts showed the Pakistani Taliban gunmen were being directed by handlers in Afghanistan.
It didn’t create the Taliban. The elected government of Pakistan did
The attack triggered an hours-long firefight at the base and the Pakistani forces said they killed 13 of the attackers, though it was unclear how many were involved in the assault.
A statement posted on the Taliban’s website said that Mullah Omar’s brother, Mullah Abdul Manan, and eldest son, Mullah Mohammad Yaqoub, declared their support for Mansour’s leadership in a gathering of senior Taliban officials.
It was the first confirmed report of deadly Taliban infighting after an announcement last month that Mullah Omar had been dead for more than two years.
The guards have been tasked to protect the 18-year-old rights activist because spy chiefs warn that threats against her have been growing, The Sun reported.
Sultan Faizy, who is Dostum’s spokesman, says the ambush happened on Friday afternoon in northern Faryab province as the convoy was driving through Qaysar district.