Taliban ‘Intensify Search’ For Afghans Who Helped U.S., Have A ‘List Of People’ To ‘Question And Punish’


The Taliban are “intensifying” their search for Afghans who helped the United States and have a “list of people” they intend to “question and punish,” according to a Thursday report from The New York Times, based on a document prepared by the United Nations. The development seems to complicate assurances from the Biden administration that the Taliban are somewhat reformed from their previous iteration. President Joe Biden seemed to hint at a changing interpretation of the Taliban’s newfound commitment to freedom in his interview with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos on Wednesday night, but The New York Times report Thursday appears to confirm that little has changed. “I think they’re going through a sort of existential crisis about: Do they want to be recognized by the international community as being a legitimate government? I’m not sure they do,” Biden said, after being asked about the Taliban’s blitz through Afghanistan — a blitz that American intelligence and security forces claim they did not foresee.

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