A visibly terrified Afghan TV anchor ironically urged people to not fear the Taliban as he was flanked by heavily armed brutish militants during an interview with one of their commanders.
The video was recorded after the militants stormed the building on Sunday and demanded the news anchor praise the Taliban. Numerous fighters surrounded the anchor and commander Qari Samiullah ostensibly to ensure that the scripted appearance went the way it was meant to.
BBC’s Yalda Hakim tweeted a video clip of the anchor on Sunday and said, “Afghanistan TV – surreal.”
“This is what a political debate now looks like on Afghan TV, Taliban foot soldiers watching over the host. The presenter talks about the collapse of the Ghani govt & says the Islamic Emirate says the Afghan people should not to be afraid #Afghanistan,” Hakim tweeted.
(Video Credit: The Sun)
The viral clip shows eight Taliban fighters behind the anchor as he reads what is before him. The reporter allegedly engaged in a debate with the fighters while he was on the air according to WION.
The anchor spoke concerning the collapse of the Afghanistan government and then urged people to not be afraid and to cooperate with the Taliban. The program is called “Pardaz” and the anchor was speaking in Pashto.
He stated there has been “some criticism that there is a difference between the words and the actions of the Taliban.”
“The people demand that the commitments and actions of the Taliban must be the same,” the anchor adds.
Samiullah urged Afghans “not to worry at all” and requested they remain in the country.
“God willing, we will try to establish a safe atmosphere in all the provinces of Afghanistan so that the people do not worry and do not fear the Mujahideen, because they are our brothers,” he declared. “Together with them, we will build the homeland.”
The propaganda video was recorded during a drone attack carried out by U.S. forces that purportedly prevented a second terrorist attack at the Kabul airport by ISIS-K.
Zaki Daryabi, who is the publisher of Etilaatroz and KabulNow, tweeted, “This is what @Etilaatroz can’t accept. If so, we will stop our work.”
— Zaki Daryabi (@ZDaryabi) August 29, 2021
Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad also retweeted the video and remarked: “This is surreal. Taliban militants are posing behind this visibly petrified TV host with guns and making him to say that people of #Afghanistan shouldn’t be scared of the Islamic Emirate. Taliban itself is synonymous with fear in the minds of millions. This is just another proof.”
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Bill Roggio, the editor of The Long War Journal, tweeted, “Less than 2 weeks after the Taliban took over Afghanistan, Dr. Amin al Haq, Osama bin Laden’s former security chief who was detained by Pakistan and then freed, returned to his home town in Nangarhar. With an armed Taliban escort. You can trust the Taliban – to stick by Al Qaeda.”
“Dr. Amin al Haq, the former head of bin Laden’s Black Guard, was captured on video in a large convoy as it traveled through a checkpoint in Nangarhar province. Haq was accompanied by a large convoy of heavily armed Taliban fighters in brand new SUVs. A small crowd flocked to Haq to shake his hand and take selfies with him,” Roggio noted on his site. “The video of al Haq is evidence that Al Qaeda commanders now feel secure enough to appear publicly in a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.”
Al Qaeda and ISIS-K join the Taliban now as renewed global terrorist threats. The Pentagon has stated that the Taliban released 2,000 ISIS-K prisoners when they took control of Afghanistan.
— Afroz Alam🏴☠️ (@AfrozJournalist) August 27, 2021
General McKenzie: “At least 2,000 hardcore ISIS fighters in Afghanistan now. Of course, many of those come from the prisons that were opened a few days ago. That number is up and probably as high as it’s ever been” pic.twitter.com/mvLAKVH9kI
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) August 30, 2021
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