The Taliban claims it is not the same brutal group that first ruled Afghanistan in the s, when its regime was an international pariah notorious for oppressing women and massacring ethnic and religious minorities. The extremist Islamist group has attempted to project a more conciliatory image amid international efforts to broker a peace settlement between the Afghan government and the Taliban. But Afghans who currently live under Taliban control say the militant group remains rooted in its extremist interpretation of Islam and rules using fear and barbarity. They also say the Taliban imposes many of the repressive laws and retrograde policies that defined its rule.
Defence chief was told of infamous Afghanistan soldiers' bar years ago, documents reveal
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Australian military personnel were involved in a cover-up of an investigation into the alleged role of special forces soldiers in the killing and maiming of Afghan civilians. Information held by the Department of Defence contradicts the claims of Defence Force chief Angus Houston that Australian SAS soldiers had nothing to do with the incident that left an Afghan man dead, a woman blinded and her daughter badly injured. The attack also killed his brother-in-law, blinded his wife and wounded his daughter. Air Chief Marshal Houston told a parliamentary hearing in early that a quick assessment investigation had found no substance to the allegations Australian special forces were involved in the shooting near Tarin Kowt in southern Afghanistan in early July
Lesson Report – Tale of Two Tarin Kowts – Adaptive Action and Critical Thinking
PDF version [ 4. A growing body of actual and anecdotal evidence from the past decade suggests that the personal and professional ethics of some have been deeply compromised. There have been allegations of serious human rights violations against all parties involved in the conflict in Afghanistan. This chronology is intended to:. However, some allegations are contradicted in IO reports and the circumstances of even the confirmed incidents are contested.
This vignette is from my deployments as a military engineer in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan. Engaging with the local population helped me sense and in a small but never complete way understand the environment, situation, and people at the tactical level. Doing the same job and in the same location but over different spaces in time, gave me firsthand insight into the before and after snapshot of Tarin Kowt over two years of a military mission.