Joe Biden blasted on Fox News as Taliban advance
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As the US, Nato and Britain pull out their troops after 20 years of combat, a resurgent Taliban has seized vast swathes of Afghanistan from Government forces. The Taliban now controls nine of 34 provincial capitals in Afghanistan.
Reports from Afghanistan have said Taliban fighters are going door-to-door and forcibly marrying girls as young as 12.
Jihadist commanders are said to have ordered 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 then been going door-to-door to claim their “prizes”, even looking through the wardrobes of families to establish the ages of girls before forcing them into a life of sexual servitude.
Afghanistan news: The Taliban are said to ‘seize girls as young as 12 for sex slaves’ (Image: PA)
Afghanistan news: Reports said militants are forcibly marrying unwed women between 12 to 45 (Image: PA)
Faiz Mohammed Noori and his family fled Taliban-seized Baghlan for the capital Kabul after their home was burned down, according to the Metro.
He said in a grim warning: “Kabul is also not safe.
“If they take over Kabul, they’re taking your daughters, your wife. They don’t care.”
One female journalist said she was forced to flee an unnamed city in the north and going into hiding with her uncle for fear she would be hunted and executed.
She said from a remote location to The Guardian: “Will I ever go home? Will I see my parents again? Where will I go? How will I survive?”
Afghanistan news: One person fleeing Baghlan said ‘if they take over, they’re taking your daughters’ (Image: PA)
Afghanistan news: Joe Biden said Afghan’s ‘have got to fight for themselves’ (Image: PA)
It comes as the US nears its September 11 deadline to pull out all American soldiers from Afghanistan.
Since 2001, the US has spent more than $1 trillion over 20 years, and has lost 2,312 troops with 20,066 wounded
US President Joe Biden said he does not regret the decision to withdraw from Afghanistan as the Taliban captures main cities.
Speaking to reporters at the White House on Tuesday, he noted the Afghan troops outnumber the Taliban and must want to fight.
He then said: “Afghan leaders have to come together.
“They have got to fight for themselves, fight for their nation.”
Afghanistan news: Johnny Mercer said it is ‘deeply humiliating’ to watch the Taliban resurge (Image: EXPRESS)
Johnny Mercer, former Defence Minister and Afghanistan veteran, also said it is “deeply humiliating” to watch the Taliban surge in Afghanistan.
He told BBC Breakfast: “Biden has made a huge mistake here, but also we have a role.
“This idea we cannot act unilaterally and support the Afghan security forces is simply not true.
“The political will to see through enduring support to Afghanistan has not been there and a lot of people are going to die because of that, and for me that is extremely humiliating.
“It’s a world tragedy and we are going to reap the repercussions of this over many years to come.”