Although some pundits and politicos attempt to portray the Taliban as a more moderate version of the terrorist organization, that narrative appears to disintegrate upon closer inspection.
For example, women who fled the brutal regime in Afghanistan have reported various atrocities — including the forcible rape of females of all ages, and even dead bodies.
“We received numerous warnings”
According to the Washington Examiner, the disturbing claim of Taliban militants engaging in necrophilia came from a former Afghan police officer identified as “Muskan.”
In an interview with an Indian news outlet, she shared how fighters were constantly searching for girls and women to either rape or kill.
“They rape dead bodies too,” Muskan said. “They don’t care whether the person is dead or alive. … Can you imagine this?”
She went on to reference personal threats that prompted her to flee the war-torn country.
“When we were there, we received numerous warnings,” she asserted. “If you go to work, you are under threat, your family is under threat. After one warning, they would stop giving any warning.”
More tales of brutal Taliban behavior
Muskan’s claims are echoed in the accounts of others who have successfully been evacuated from Afghanistan in recent days.
According to The Sun, other Afghan women who escaped the Taliban shared similar stories — including one former female prosecutor and judge who provided examples of the “nightmare” under which she and others lived.
Najla Ayoubi recalled one woman allegedly set on fire after providing “bad cooking” to Taliban fighters. She also asserted that girls and women were being kidnapped and shipped off as sex slaves or forced to marry Taliban members.
Other reports from individuals who had been in Afghanistan during the most recent Taliban uprising included anecdotes of individuals beaten at random — particularly women and children — in the area around the Kabul airport amid a chaotic evacuation effort that remains underway.
Despite an attempted charm offensive by the Taliban, it seems clear that the organization is just as brutal as ever. In reality, the current version of the group appears virtually identical to the one deposed by the U.S. military nearly 20 years ago, with the possible exception of new tech skills and better public relations.