Taliban tightens grip over Afghanistan; levies high taxes, recruits forceful | World News

woThe scenario in Afghanistan continued to deteriorate as Taliban insurgents gained management of about half of the district’s centres, a number of information businesses reported. Afghan native authorities within the northern province mentioned on Wednesday that the Taliban are forcing the native individuals who reside in areas underneath the group’s management in Balkh province to pay them a part of their revenue. They are additionally recruiting locals forcefully, native media reported.

“There are only about 20 Taliban fighters inside the district building compound and the police headquarters; the rest of them have taken up positions inside the villages to collect Zakat (charity),” Mohammad Yousuf, the appearing district governor of Kaldar district, was reported saying by the information company ANI.

The variety of Taliban fighters within the district is about 200 fighters, however they wish to recruit extra fighters from among the many individuals, native media mentioned in its report.

The Taliban has additionally imposed taxes on the outlets and native markets, which locals say that it “beyond their capacity” to pay. In case one fails to pay the money that the Taliban is harassing them, ANI reported quoting Mohammad Hashem Mansoori, a District Governor for Shortepa district in Balkh province.

Due to this, business exercise within the area has additionally been affected, it additionally reported. “The people have serious concerns, the business owners are very fearful because of the businesses,” mentioned Sifatullah, a resident in Hairatan, as per ANI.

Meanwhile, safety forces have assured them that they’re totally ready to defend the Afghan individuals and mentioned that they’ll quickly launch an “offensive” in opposition to the Taliban. “The morale of our forces is very high; they are fully prepared and have the strength to defend the city. Soon we will launch our offensive operations,” mentioned Khanullah Shuja, the commander of 209 Shaheen Army Corps.

Insecurity has been rising in Afghanistan in latest weeks, largely spurred by preventing in its provinces as US-led international troops full their withdrawal and the Taliban launch main offensives, taking districts and border crossings.

More than 200 of the 419 district centres had been underneath Taliban management as of this week, General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had knowledgeable the media on Wednesday. While the rebel group had not taken over any provincial capitals, they had been placing strain on the outskirts of half of them.

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