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Taliban reportedly sticks threatening door letters to Afghan collaborators

19:27, 31 August 2021
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The group pins letters to the doors of those who worked with West over the last 20 years. 


The Taliban* are pinning so-called ‘night letters’ to the houses of the blacklisted Afghans accused of cooperating with the “crusaders.”

Those who have received the letters have only two options. Either they go to court and confess, or they get killed. In reality, the first option is also likely to result in the death penalty. 

Daily Mail has presented the stories of several presumed victims.

One of them worked with a British company helping the letter build roads in Helmand to Camp Bastion. The man was later rejected with a visa to the UK.

A former translator was accused of being a spy of the infidel. 

The letters can target victims even in an indirect way, as it was in the case of a translator’s brother who sheltered the latter. 

Many of the victims did not manage to leave the country. They are now hiding.

Such messages are a common Afghan method of intimidation. They were used by mujahideen insurgents during the Soviet military presence and later adopted by the Taliban as a propaganda tool and a threat at the same time. 

On August 20 it was reported that the Taliban was conducting house-to-house raids searching for blacklisted Afghans. Deutsche Welle (DW) announced that a relative of one of its journalists had been killed as the Talibs were unable to reach the reporter.

In an interview given to Sky News last week Taliban spokesperson Dr Suhail Shaheen called the information about door-to-door searches “fake reports.” 

*Taliban is a terror organization banned in the US, Russia, and many other countries.