Taliban Continues Revenge Killings Against Ex-Afghan Security Forces Members: Watchdog

The Taliban forces have allegedly carried out more than 100 summary executions and forced disappearances in just four Afghan provinces, in a series of revenge attacks since the militant group seized power in August following the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan. 

According to Human Rights Watch, the attacks were documented in Ghazni, Helmand, Kandahar, and Kunduz provinces between August and the end of October, but it’s believed such incidents have occurred across Afghanistan.

This report documented the summary execution or enforced disappearance of 47 former members of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF)—military personnel, police, intelligence service members, and paramilitary militia—who had surrendered to or were apprehended by Taliban forces between August 15 and October 31, 2021. 

This report is based on a total of 67 interviews, including 40 in-person interviews conducted in Ghazni, Helmand, Kunduz, and Kandahar provinces. 

According to the results, Taliban forces have killed or forcibly disappeared more than 100 former security force members in just these four provinces in the three months since their takeover of Kabul, the Afghan capital, on August 15. 

The family members of former security force members have also been targeted as well. 

In the weeks before the Taliban overran Kabul, revenge killings, including the targeting of government officials, were already on the rise in major cities and along key highways. 

The Taliban, through their intelligence operations and access to employment records that the former government left behind, have identified new targets for arrest and execution. 

The continuing executions have generated fear among former government officials and others who might have believed that the Taliban takeover would bring an end to the violence characteristic of the armed conflict.

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