Anti-Taliban protests spread beyond Jalalabad over Afghanistan flag
Everything is very tense, the potential for things to tip over into violence is very high, we’ve seen absolute desperation in Kabul people trying to flee the country, clinging to the wheels of planes in some cases falling from them, that speaks very clearly to how frightened people are ,
what Taliban will bring that they’re really willing to risk their lives in such very extreme ways to get out of the country. The past two weeks in Afghanistan has been extraordinary. The Taliban has gone from controlling, no cities to controlling the entire country, there became this drumbeat of cities would fall day by day,
Kandahar in southern Afghanistan Harat in the West mazari Sharif, the major city in the north, even then, nobody anticipated that carbon two would be gone in 24 hours. Just before the 20th anniversary of 911 the Taliban are declaring victory, American diplomats are burning documents in the embassy and taking helicopter pilots out to the airport.
The collapse of Afghanistan is not the result of things that happened just in the last year or couple of years, they’re the result of 20 years of missteps in how the West has run its war in Afghanistan by the end of 2014 Afghanistan will be fully secured by Afghans and how the Afghan government has conducted itself is also a result of Taliban persistency and in the last few months, a very strategically effective military campaign .
Showing your viewers know Robert images of the Afghan flag being taken down, when the Taliban zone leaders admitted they didn’t expect to be declaring victory so quickly, so many of the cities like cobble fell with little or no fighting.
They were handed over in deals between like leadership and Taliban commanders and the final stages. It seems like the Taliban gained so much momentum that Afghan Armed Forces just seem to lose them or are completely and at some point in Taliban victory seemed inevitable and so people chose not to fight.
Taliban are a group that was born out of the Afghan Civil War of the 1990s They’re fighting to establish an Islamic Emirate. They want Afghanistan to be ruled by their interpretation of Sharia law .
particularly in the 1990s that was extremely restricted for women, they were barred from education for most work, they were not allowed to leave the home without a male guardian they were expected to wear a burqa at all times.
There were a lot of restrictions on men to on their clothing they have to grow beards, they required to pray five times a day, their version of justice included punishments, like stoning to death for adultery floggings amputation for theft, and the fear in Afghanistan is that many of those restrictions are going to return. Now they’re back in power.
If you can’t work you can’t talk, you can’t go out, you can’t define it as a life. I have never, never felt it to this extent, helpless, hopeless disappointed and miserable in my life. The Taliban have been
trying to present themselves at a change organisations still very devout, so very committed to Islamic law, but not as Hardline, as they were. The problem is, they’ve been very reluctant to spell out what that means. And what we’ve seen in areas where they’ve already taken control in Afghanistan,
is that they have brought in a lot of the restrictions or versions of the restrictions that were familiar from the last time they move Afghanistan, parts of the country have been afflicted by terrible war there’s been awful civilian casualties but there’s also been
millions of children who’ve been able to get an education and who’ve grown up in a country where they’ve been able to set up businesses pursue careers women have been able to work part of the Taliban success as the government may be reliant on whether they are able to recognise that the Afghans who had a different vision for that country are a significant proportion of Afghans,
there’s a young, educated generation who broadly supported a democratic Afghanistan with extensive women’s rights. One of the most urgent things is for Western countries to try and very belatedly make good on their promises to get the most honourable people out of cargo the people we’re seeing mopping the air, perhaps.
The Taliban will come through on their promises, perhaps they will not harm people. But the future is still pretty bleak for women who are going to see restrictions on their ability to get an education, their ability to work, if their freedom of movement, it’s not clear what those restrictions will be. But I think it’s certainly very clear that there will be many more restrictions on their lives than there are