The spoils of war: Taliban try out Kabul fun fair’s dodgems as fighters ‘go door-to-door in capital looking for interpreters and Western allies’ – amid claims of ‘rape gangs’ in other cities

  • Taliban gangs are reportedly marauding the streets of Kabul hunting girls as young as 12 for sex slaves
  • Militants go door-to-door trying to track down locals accused of helping Western forces during the war
  • Taliban fighters regard unmarried women aged from 12 to 45 as ‘qhanimat’ or ‘spoils of war’ to be shared
  • Female Afghans are feared to be some of the most at-risk people under the new Taliban regime

    Victorious Taliban fighters have been filmed trying out a fun fair while militants reportedly go door-to-door in the Afghan capital looking for interpreters and Western allies, amid allegations that gangs are marauding the streets of other cities hunting girls as young as 12 they can make their sex slaves.

    Chilling reports have emerged of Islamist militants stalking cities across Afghanistan for women and girls after the terror group swept across the country and seized Kabul virtually unopposed, bringing the 20-year Western intervention to a climactic end.

    Jihadist commanders are reportedly ordering imams in areas they have captured to bring them lists of unmarried women aged from 12 to 45 for their soldiers to marry because they view them as ‘qhanimat’ or ‘spoils of war’ – to be divided up among the victors.

    Fighters have also been filmed exploring the lavish homes of defeated war lords, and a video from Herat on Friday showed them trying out dodgems at a fun fair.

    The warlords are also trying to track down Afghans who co-operated with Allied forces after the invasion and toppling of the Taliban regime following the September 11, 2001 attacks, with one video showing a militant shooting at a man on a wall at Hamid Karzai International Airport.

    However, female Afghans are feared to be some of the most at-risk people under the new Taliban government. When the Islamists came to power in 1996 after the country’s terrifying Civil War, they imposed theocracy and brutalised and oppressed women and girls.

    Afghans pouring into Kabul as refugees fleeing the march of the militants had told stories of how Taliban warlords had demanded they turn over women and girls to become their ‘wives’ and be raped. The Wall Street Journal also reported that civilians and captured soldiers were murdered by the Islamist terror organisation – allegations that Taliban officials have denied.

    There have been reports of women-centric shops with notices pasted on them warning them not to enter or they would ‘face the consequences’. Taliban fighters reportedly shot dead a woman wearing ‘tight clothes’ and in some areas women cannot leave home without a male chaperone.

    Other reports say women are being forced to wear face coverings and Burqas, while Al-Jazeera reported on Monday that the extremist group told female employees at some banks to not return to their jobs.

    Earlier in the week, a beauty salon owner was pictured painting over pictures of female models on the outside of his shop, and a video of a young girl crying about the loss of her future went viral, reaching over 1.6 million people.

    The reports have sparked fears of the brutalising of female Afghans under the Taliban, with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres saying he was ‘concerned’ by accounts of human rights violations against the women and girls of Afghanistan who fear a return’ to the 1990s.

    By Jack Wright For Mailonline16:04 EDT 16 Aug 2021 , updated 21:53 EDT 16 Aug 2021

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