6 cities taken by the Taliban in Afghanistan: Towards a "probable carnage"?

“The threat of large urban areas appears to be a strategic decision of the Taliban, who have accepted the likely carnage that will ensue. "

Six towns are now in Taliban hands in northwestern Afghanistan. After Aibak, Kunduz, Taloqan or even Sar-e-Pul, it is around Mazar-i-Sharif that the noose is tightening. According to the agency to Reuters, civilians and a pro-government commander vowed to fight "to the death" to defend it.

In areas taken by the Taliban, Michelle Bachelet, United Nations (UN) High Commissioner, reports "reports of summary executions, attacks against current and former government officials and members of their families, military use and the destruction of homes, schools and clinics, and the planting of a large number of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), including pressure plate IEDs that function as anti-personnel landmines ”.

Deborah Lyons, special representative spoke at the UN Security Council. It reports a "probable carnage" which will follow the decision of the Taliban to attack the urban areas.

“The threat of large urban areas appears to be a strategic decision of the Taliban, who have accepted the likely carnage that will ensue. "

She then mentions the "population which apprehensively awaits a dark shadow to pass over the radiant future that it once imagined".

“It is difficult for me to describe the state of anxiety we face every day. As one Afghan recently told us, 'we are no longer talking about preserving the progress and the rights that we have acquired, we are talking about simple survival'. Another woman told us that she sometimes regretted educating her daughter because it put her daughter in a more vulnerable position. "

In this regard, Michelle Bachelet specifies that "people rightly fear that a takeover by the Taliban will erase the human rights gains of the last two decades".

THEUNICEF said yesterday that in 72 hours, at least 27 children had been killed and 136 others were injured. Hervé Ludovic De Lys, representative of this organization, was also concerned about the enrollment of children in armed groups.

“These atrocities are also proof of the brutal nature and scale of the violence in Afghanistan that attacks already vulnerable children. In addition to this appalling situation, UNICEF is also deeply concerned at reports that children are increasingly being recruited into the conflict by armed groups. "

The american troops will complete their withdrawal at the end of the month. While the United States has launched airstrikes to support the military, they believe it is now up to Afghan forces to defend their country. “This is their fight,” a Pentagon spokesperson said Monday.

In this context, the Christian organization International Christian Concern is worried about the fate of Afghan Christians.

“The Christian community has never been welcomed in the country and now feels even more threatened as the withdrawal of US troops removes another layer of stability and security. "


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