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Taliban carrying out reign of terror in Afghan capital ahead of peace talks

Taliban carrying out reign of terror in Afghan capital ahead of peace talks
In a video, five turbaned fighters stand in a row, wearing flak jackets and sneakers, assault rifles at the ready. One says in Pashto that God hates those who stray from religion and "cling to a worldly life," and obliges the faithful to wage jihad, even if they must face prison or death, to establish the "law of the Koran" on earth.

" In a voice mail response Friday to questions from The Washington Post, he said the insurgents had nothing to do with the killings and blamed them on Afghanistan's intelligence agency.They said the insurgents are sending a veiled message to several audiences, including Afghan officials trying to retain public confidence, delegates returning to the peace talks and American officials in the incoming administration." With a new government soon to take over in Washington, Moradian said, the insurgents want to make sure President-elect Joe Biden doesn't change the terms of the February pact or set new conditions for pulling out the remaining 5,000 troops, slated to be halved next month.Taliban carrying out reign of terror in Afghan capital ahead of peace talks KABUL, Afghanistan — In a video, five turbaned fighters stand in a row, wearing flak jackets and sneakers, assault rifles at the ready.

The video, published Monday on a Taliban spokesman's Twitter account, came amid a rash of targeted shootings and bombings in the Afghan capital that have killed several dozen journalists, civic leaders, physicians, democracy advocates and government officials." The video was posted days before negotiations between Taliban and Afghan delegates are set to resume Wednesday in Qatar, after a two-week break.

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