The journey of a former Afghan officer hiding from the Taliban

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The 27-year-old former officer said his life and that of millions of others in Afghanistan were turned upside down after the Taliban took over Kabul on August 15.

Former Afghan government soldiers like him face increasing danger, as Taliban gunmen knock on every door looking for them and former president Ashraf Ghani’s government officials.

The former Afghan officer said he had to move through many different towns the day the Taliban entered Kabul.

`We never thought it would be so easy for the Taliban to return in just a few days,` he said.

Afghan special forces during the graduation ceremony at the Kabul Military Training Center on July 17.

The Taliban launched a campaign in May to invade Afghan territory and gain control of rural areas, after US troops and their allies began the final phase of the withdrawal process.

The former Afghan army officer said many of his comrades had to flee after the Taliban came to power.

During the period of power from 1996 to 2001, the Taliban imposed harsh Islamic Sharia law, carried out many public punishments such as stoning and public execution, and women were not allowed to go to school or work.

`Like me, many Afghan army soldiers are hiding in many places across the country. We are not afraid of anything, but only worried that the Taliban will take the country back to the pre-2001 era,` this veteran said.

After leaving the base, this former Afghan officer hitched a ride with a friend and two other acquaintances.

`At first I hid for a few days in a relative’s house, where I was well fed. I went to a friend’s house a few kilometers away on August 19, which is when I encountered the Taliban at a checkpoint.`

`They stopped the car and asked us where we were from and where we were going. We felt worried for a moment, but tried to stay calm and answer them comfortably to avoid any suspicion. They allowed us to

The journey of a former Afghan officer hiding from the Taliban

Afghan government troops exchanged gunfire with the Taliban in Herat province on August 3.

The former Afghan army officer said he grew a beard a few weeks ago and that his traditional pathani outfit helped him avoid suspicion from Taliban fighters.

He felt shocked when he saw American weapons supplied to the Afghan army over the years fall into the hands of the Taliban, including M4 assault rifles.

`At the checkpoint where we were stopped, I felt very shocked that our weapons were in the hands of the Taliban, but that is the new reality in Afghanistan that we have to accept. They have the weapons in their hands now.`

The former officer announced that he would support the resistance movement of Ahmad Massoud, son of Ahmad Shah Massoud, a Northern Alliance leader who participated in overthrowing the Taliban.

`We are fortunate to have a leader like Ahmad Massoud, who vowed to stand with the Afghan people and launch a resistance movement in the Panjshir valley,` this officer said.

Anti-Taliban forces in northern Afghanistan announced on August 21 that they had recaptured three districts of Pul-e-Hesar, Banu and Deh Salah in Baghlan province, near the Panjshir valley, where members of government forces and

The journey of a former Afghan officer hiding from the Taliban

American female reporter interviews Taliban on the streets of Kabul

Kabul 24 hours after the Taliban takeover.

`Local people in Baghlan recaptured three districts from the Taliban after members of this force searched every house, contrary to the announcement of a general amnesty. This caused local people to be angry and protest.

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