The Taliban are allegedly conducting door to door searches in Kabul, searching for Afghan government officials, military members, and other allies who worked with the United States.
A recent Tweet from Mustafa 47, who is a verified journalist in Kabul that suggested that they are also seeking out journalists. While The Taliban has promised safety and publicly called for a “peaceful” transfer of power, refugees who flocked to Kabul prior to its fall said that the Taliban has already begun forced marriages and executions in outlying cities and towns.
“Taliban started door to door search looking for govt officials, former police & security forces members & those who worked for foreign countries NGOs or infrastructures in Afghanistan. At least 3 journalists’ houses were searched in the last hour. Kabul is now becoming deadly,” one Kabul-based journalist tweeted on Monday. “This is a game-changer for us all. Many have started counting their final hours of life in Kabul. Nobody knows what happens next. Pray for us.”
“Taliban fighters going door-to-door in #Kabul, looking for government employees, soldiers and police, and Afghans who worked with foreign govts and NGOs, several residents tell me,” Frud Behzan tweeted. “Some have been taken away, family members say. In other cases, houses have been searched and documents/weapons confiscated. Taliban also recording names/addresses.”
The United States is working to evacuate American citizens as well as thousands of Afghan visa holders. The Department of Defense is preparing to house up to 30,000 Afghan refugees at military bases. Some U.S. citizens are reportedly trapped behind Taliban security checkpoints and are unable to reach Karzai.