A protest with citizens waving their country’s flag incited a terrorist group to shoot into the crowd, killing and injuring several demonstrators.
Taliban Open Fire
Despite the risks, hundreds of protestors took to the streets of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, whistling and shouting, and waving the country’s flag. Initially, Taliban terrorists fired into the air in an attempt to break up the crowd, but protestors refused to disperse.
Taliban terrorists then reportedly opened fire on the crowd, killing two and injuring others, and also beat protestors and journalists, according to reporting from the New York Times.
The number of deaths and injuries during the protest are not confirmed, and other outlets have reported conflicting data, such as Global News, which claims that at least one person was killed, and six were injured.
The New York Times also noted: “A public display of dissent in the northeastern city of Jalalabad was met by an overwhelming use of force. Taliban soldiers fired into the crowd and beat protesters and journalists.”
Richard Engel, a journalist for NBC News, wrote about the incident in a since-deleted tweet.
“Afghans demonstrate in Jalalabad in support of keeping Afghan flag (instead of white Taliban flag). Local media report Taliban fires on them, killing 2 and injured others,” Engel wrote.
Reporters in the area were able to obtain video of the Taliban shooting at the protest.
WATCH (warning — graphic content):
— Wajahat Kazmi 🏴 (@KazmiWajahat) August 18, 2021
More videos of the protest were also shared on Twitter from another angle:
— Najeeb Nangyal (@NajeebNangyal) August 18, 2021
The Taliban’s actions are a direct consequence of Joe Biden’s short-sighted decision to pull troops out of Afghanistan without a clear plan. Rather than strategically withdrawing troops from the country, the White House pulled them out in the middle of the night with no real warning for the Afghani people.
Thanks to Biden’s actions, the Taliban took over Afghanistan province by province within a matter of days, forcing the U.S. to send planes to rush American citizens, troops, and refugees out of the country in a hurried attempt to save them from the Taliban.
After the poorly executed withdrawal, the Taliban was able to seize a significant amount of U.S. military equipment and weapons, which were given to Afghanistan’s security forces to help them in their fight against the Taliban.
Afghan security forces collapsed against the Taliban almost immediately.
The Daily Wire reports: “However, the Afghan security forces collapsed against the Taliban after the U.S. Military, under Biden’s leadership, pulled air support out of the country, which left the Afghan security forces unable to operate… Biden blamed the Afghan security forces for their loss, claiming that they were ‘not willing to fight for themselves,’ despite the fact that they have lost nearly 70,000 soldiers fighting the Taliban and other terrorists in the country.”
The Wall Street Journal explained:
“The Afghan army fighting alongside American troops was molded to match the way the Americans operate. The U.S. military, the world’s most advanced, relies heavily on combining ground operations with air power, using aircraft to resupply outposts, strike targets, ferry the wounded, and collect reconnaissance and intelligence.
In the wake of President Biden’s withdrawal decision, the U.S. pulled its air support, intelligence and contractors servicing Afghanistan’s planes and helicopters. That meant the Afghan military simply couldn’t operate anymore. The same happened with another failed American effort, the South Vietnamese army in the 1970s, said retired Lt. Gen. Daniel Bolger, who commanded the U.S.-led coalition’s mission to train Afghan forces in 2011-2013.”
“There is always a tendency to use the model you know, which is your own model,” General Bolger said. “When you build an army like that, and it’s meant to be a partner with a sophisticated force like the Americans, you can’t pull the Americans out all of a sudden, because then they lose the day-to-day assistance that they need.”