A chilling video showed a group of Taliban fighters beheading an Afghan soldier before partying and singing while holding the various victims by his hair.
The video, obtained by the Washington Examiner, was reportedly shared on a private Taliban chat room, but it is not clear when it was recorded.
In the 30-second clip, the group of Taliban fighters can be heard chanting “Mujahideen” as they parade the man’s head.
The Taliban shared a sickening video of six fighters singing around the body of an Afghan soldier while carrying his head by her hair. Pictured: A still from the harrowing clip
Six of the men were holding guns and another was holding two bloodied knives.
The man on the ground is believed to have been an Afghan soldier due to the color of his dark green uniform – similar to that of the US National Army.
The man carrying the knives holds them in the air as they continue to sing the Mujahideen – an Arabic term referring to Muslims fighting on behalf of the faith or the Muslim community.
They then begin to shout praise for Hibatullah Akhundzada, the supreme leader of the Taliban.
The video ends with the group telling them to shoot the Afghan soldiers because “he must look shot.”
The images emerged days after Taliban militants executed the brother of one of the leaders of the Afghan resistance fighters.
Taliban fighters began chanting praise for Taliban supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada (pictured)
The man was the brother of Amrullah Saleh, the former Afghan vice president who became one of the leaders of the anti-Taliban opposition in the Panjshir Valley.
The news that Saleh’s brother Rohullah Azizi has been killed came days after Taliban forces took control of the provincial center of Panjshir, the last province to hold out against them after taking control of the rest of Afghanistan last month.
“They executed my uncle,” Ebadullah Saleh told Reuters in a text message. “They killed him yesterday and we weren’t allowed to bury him. They kept saying his body must rot.’
According to the Urdu account of Taliban information service Alemarah, Rohullah Saleh is reported to have been killed in fighting in Panjshir.
Saleh, a former head of the National Directorate of Security, the intelligence agency of the Western-backed government that collapsed last month, is free, although his exact location remains unclear.
Afghanistan’s National Resistance Front, which groups opposition forces loyal to local leader Ahmad Massoud, has pledged to continue opposing the Taliban even after the fall of Panjshir’s provincial capital, Bazarak.
The man was the brother of Amrullah Saleh (pictured in 2019), the former Afghan vice president who became one of the leaders of anti-Taliban opposition forces in the Panjshir Valley
The news of Rohullah Saleh’s execution comes after the UN warned that the Taliban have begun carrying out ‘retaliatory killings’.
UN envoy to Afghanistan Deborah Lyons said there were “credible allegations” of targeted killings “despite numerous declarations of general amnesty.”
She added that Afghan security officials and people who worked for the previous government were at risk.
The Taliban have made efforts to present a reformed image since taking power on August 15, promising a more moderate form of rule.
But videos and images from Afghanistan tell a different story: they show militants beating and beating people in the streets as reports of targeted killings and fighters going door-to-door looking for US blue passports.
Earlier, a second charter flight with foreigners from Afghanistan left Kabul airport – the latest sign that Kabul Airport is about to resume commercial activities after the chaotic US-led evacuation ended on Aug. 30.
Just over 100 foreigners, including 13 Britons, left Kabul on a charter flight yesterday.
A second charter flight carrying foreigners from Afghanistan has left Kabul airport today as the UN warned that the Taliban have begun carrying out ‘retaliatory killings’
Passengers board a shuttle bus today before boarding a Qatar Airways flight from Kabul Airport
The UN envoy to Afghanistan Deborah Lyons said “there are credible allegations of retaliatory killings…despite the many declarations of general amnesty.”
The White House praised the Taliban for being “businesslike and professional” in letting the flight depart.
It comes as unconfirmed reports in the capital suggested the Taliban could hold a ceremony on Saturday to swear in the new government — the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks that marked the end of their first stint in power.
As news of a resumption of evacuation flights spread, some people gathered at the airport gates, begging Taliban guards to come in.
“If I can’t go, just kill me!” said one woman, among a group of women and children, each carrying backpacks.
Many Afghans in the capital fear a repeat of the brutal and repressive rule of the hardline Islamist group of 1996-2001.
This was the first large-scale departure flight since the last US troops left on Aug. 31 – an evacuation flight from Kabul to Qatar with just over 100 foreigners on board.
The Taliban have already begun segregating male and female students and medical staff, have suggested that women will be banned from sports and have unveiled an all-male government composed solely of loyalist ranks.
More than 100 passengers were on the Qatar Airways flight that landed in Doha on Thursday evening, 10 days after a massive, chaotic airlift of more than 120,000 people ended dramatically with the US withdrawal.
In the days following the Taliban attack, the airport had become a tragic symbol of despair among Afghans terrified of the militants’ return to power – with thousands of people crowding around the gates every day, some even clinging. to planes as they take off.
More than 100 people were killed, including 13 US troops, in an August 26 suicide bombing near the airport claimed by the local branch of the Islamic State group.
Qatar has said it has been working with Turkey to quickly resume operations at Kabul airport to allow for the flow of people and aid.
The Taliban have repeatedly claimed that they would not retaliate against those who collaborated with the previous regime – and that all Afghans would be allowed free passage from the country if commercial flights resumed.
However, they have shown clear signs that they will not tolerate opposition.
Earlier this week, armed Taliban militants dispersed hundreds of protesters, sometimes by firing into the air, in cities across Afghanistan, including Kabul, Faizabad in the northeast and Herat in the west, where two people were shot dead.
They also took action to eradicate further civil unrest, saying that protests required prior authorization from the Justice Department and that demonstrations were not allowed “for now”.
A Taliban fighter pulls his M-16 on a female protester in Kabul at an all-male government protest on Tuesday
Shocking images emerged of two journalists with angry welts and bruises after being held by Taliban fighters as they covered protest