(KABUL) #Taliban Invasion Report: Checkpoints are being closed across the city as U.S & U.K. military airlift thousands out with unsubstantiated rumours of arrests of people who assisted the western nations #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.20: As the U.S. military and State Department rush to evacuate American citizens and Afghan allies from Kabul’s airport, Taliban checkpoints are cutting off many from freedom and safety – and reports on the ground indicate the militants are summarily executing people who helped U.S. forces over the years.

#AceDailyNews says that Taliban going ‘house to house,’ ‘hanging’ people who worked with acording to an unsubstantiated US unnamed source Fox News reports as Biden given an ultimatum to keep to peace agreement and to have completed withdrawal by 31st August 2021 according to The Western Journal

The hardline Islamist group has tried to reassure Afghans since seizing power in a lightning offensive, promising there would be “no revenge”.

But there are growing fears of a gap between what they say and what they do.

The warning the group were targeting “collaborators” came in a confidential document by the RHIPTO Norwegian Center for Global Analyses, which provides intelligence to the UN.

“There are a high number of individuals that are currently being targeted by the Taliban and the threat is crystal clear,” Christian Nellemann, who heads the group behind the report, told the BBC.

“It is in writing that, unless they give themselves in, the Taliban will arrest and prosecute, interrogate and punish family members on behalf of those individuals.”

He warned that anyone on the Taliban’s blacklist was in severe danger, and that there could be mass executions.

Foreign powers are continuing efforts to get their nationals out of Afghanistan. A Nato official said on Friday that more than 18,000 people have been evacuated in the last five days from Kabul airport. 

Some 6,000 more, among them former interpreters for foreign armed forces, are on standby to be flown out late on Thursday or early Friday.

The aim is to double evacuation efforts over the weekend, the official said.

Outside the airport the situation remains chaotic. The Taliban have been blocking Afghans trying to flee, with one video showing a child being handed to a US soldier.

President Joe Biden, who has come under scathing criticism over what his opponents say is a “shambolic” US withdrawal, is expected to speak on Friday about the evacuation effort.

  • More anti-Taliban protests have taken place in several cities. In the capital Kabul, demonstrators waved the national flag while there were reportedly casualties among protesters in Asadabad
  • One of those who died falling from a US plane leaving Kabul has been identified as 19-year-old Zaki Anwari, who played for Afghanistan’s national youth football team 
  • The Taliban now control thousands of US-made armoured vehicles, 30-40 aircraft and a large number of small arms, US officials told Reuters 

The Taliban captured Kabul on Sunday, having swept across the country as foreign forces withdrew.

Their victory returns the group to power 20 years on from when they were toppled in a US-led invasion. 

The group’s previous stint in power saw widespread abuses, including public executions and banning women from the workplace. 

But in their first news conference since retaking control of Afghanistan, the group presented a conciliatory tone, promising women’s rights would be respected “within the framework of Islamic law”.

The Taliban have reportedly pledged not to force women to wear the burka – a one-piece veil that covers the face and body. Instead, the hijab – or a headscarf – will be compulsory.

EPAThe warning comes despite the Taliban saying they would not carry out revenge on Afghans

They also said they did not want “any internal or external enemies” and that there would be an amnesty for former members of the security forces and those who worked with foreign powers.

International powers – and many Afghans – remain sceptical.

The UN chief Antonio Guterres said the only leverage the body had over the Taliban was the militant’s desire for international recognition.

Asked in an interview if he thought the Taliban had changed, President Biden said no, adding the group faced an “existential” choice about whether they want to be recognised.

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Ryan Rogers, a retired Marine sergeant, told Fox News Thursday that the interpreter he worked with during the bloody 2010 battle of Marjah in Helmand province is currently trapped in Kabul, prevented from reaching the airport as Taliban fighters seek out and murder former Afghan commandoes and interpreters.

“He told me yesterday they hung three [Afghan National Army] commanders that they had found,” he said. “And that close to the place that he’s hiding, they’re going house-to-house and that they sent a transmission out saying they had plans for the people that operated with America.”

The interpreter, who is not being identified due to concerns about his safety, was OK as of Thursday afternoon.

“I said, hey, did you see any of this stuff with your eyes? He said yes,” Rogers said. “They’re not showing this stuff because the people are cheering, but they’re scared to death, and they’re hanging these people. And he said they’re going house to house and their priorities are Afghan National Army Special Forces, the police special forces and the interpreters.”

The Biden administration on Thursday finally acknowledged reports that evacuees were having trouble reaching the international airport and Kabul, which is surrounded by Taliban checkpoints.

In other developments:
– Secret cable shows Biden admin was warned in July about Afghanistan crisis
– WaPo reporter rips WH after cheerleading for Biden
– ‘No one feels safe’ in Kabul, woman tells Fox News
– Alabama vet who nearly died in Afghanistan calls Biden withdrawal strategy ‘disgusting’
– Americans in Afghanistan rescued by British military: former deputy national security advisor
– Moving photo shows Afghan child sleeping under US airmen’s uniform during evacuation

Meghan McCain says Biden is ‘unfit to lead’ amid Afghan turmoil: ‘An international crisis of our own creation’
Former “View” co-host Meghan McCain continued blasting President Biden for his handling of the turbulent military withdrawal from Afghanistan. 

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Sean Hannity, on his Fox News show “Hannity” Thursday, slammed President Biden’s handling and response to the chaos in Afghanistan as Americans, after 5 days, are “being held at the whim of the Taliban.”

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