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The scenes of chaos at the Kabul airport have made headlines around the world in recent days, but what about remote areas controlled by the Taliban and the Western press is absent?
The reports from there are becoming disturbing.
A UN report accessed by the BBC indicates that the Taliban are conducting a “door-to-door hunt” of people on their most wanted list, mainly those who collaborated with the US and NATO.
The confidential document was produced by the Norwegian Center for Global Analysis, which provides intelligence information to the United Nations.
“The Taliban are arresting and / or threatening to kill or arrest family members of the targeted persons unless they surrender,” the document says.
According to the text, those who are most at risk are those with positions in military, police and investigative units.
“The Taliban have been conducting advanced mapping of individuals before taking control of all major cities,” the text states.
It adds that the Islamic militants were in charge at the time of the evacuation of foreign personnel from the Kabul airport, but that the situation remained “chaotic”.
At a press conference on Tuesday, a Taliban spokesman had offered an amnesty for those who had collaborated with the previous government and said they should not fear for their lives.
“People must restart their routine life with complete confidence,” said Enamullah Samangani, a member of the Taliban’s cultural commission.
A network of informants
According to the report, the Taliban are recruiting new networks of informants to collaborate with the new regime.
“What we have seen is that the Taliban, before moving to all major cities in Afghanistan, not just Kabul, have a very advanced intelligence system,” he told the BBC. Christian Nellemann, from the Norwegian Center for Global Analysis.
“They have lists of people, and even in the first hours of moving to Kabul they began a search for former government employees, especially in intelligence services and special forces units,” he adds.
Nellemann points out that this could not only lead to mass executions, but also to a “mass revelation” of the methods and intelligence networks that the West has provided to Afghanistan.
In his opinion, this “could seriously undermine” several Western intelligence services.
The Taliban’s recapture of power has also been punctuated by protests.
This Thursday, groups of Afghans demonstrated in several cities of the country, on the day that marks the 102nd anniversary of the country’s independence.
A video shared on social media appears to show a crowd in Kabul chanting “our flag, our identity” over the black, red and green tricolor national flag, different from the new white one with Arabic letters symbol of the emirate that the Taliban aspire to create .
Several witnesses told the Reuters news agency that numerous people were reportedly killed in a similar protest Thursday in Asadabad, either from gunfire or in stampedes caused by the shooting.
The casualty reports come a day after several deaths were also reported in flag-related demonstrations in the eastern city of Jalalabad.
Videos online show protesters appearing to remove and replace Taliban flags in some places in defiance of the group’s rapid rise to power.
The US State Department, for its part, issued a new alert to its citizens who remain in Kabul in which it asks them to arrive at the city’s airport “as soon as possible”, following reports that the Taliban were blocking people’s access to terminals.
“The US government cannot guarantee safe passage to the airport,” the alert reads, as reported by CBS News, the BBC’s US partner.
A Taliban official told Reuters the militia “cannot be blamed” for the chaos and violence around the airport.
Maintaining law and order in Taliban-controlled territory is the group’s “top priority,” the official said.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.