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Taliban executes police chief of Badghis province even though he surrendered

On August 18, the Taliban executed Haji Mullah Achakzai, the police chief of Badghis province near Herat, Afghanistan.

In a video posted on Twitter on Thursday, Mr. Acakzai can be seen blindfolded and kneeling as Taliban fighters surround him. They then shot Mr. Acakzai several times.

Achakzai has long fought the Taliban alongside the Afghan civilian government.

“He was surrounded by the Taliban and had no choice but to surrender last night,” said Afghan security adviser Nasser Waziri. The Taliban targeted Achakzai because he was a senior intelligence official,” according to Newsweek.

In addition to Achakzai, civilian government officials in the former administration are now believed to be Taliban targets.

Waziri said that he and other senior advisers recently set up an online private group chat that included about 100 Afghan officials who had worked with the civilian government. Governors, local government officials, senior police officers and senior advisors, etc. are all present.

He said the purpose of this communication channel was to check the whereabouts of individuals and make sure they were safe and out of reach of the Taliban.

To stay safe, they access the group through a VPN and delete the messages afterward, according to Waziri. They also have inside information about where and who the Taliban will attack next.

Mr. Waziri said that the Taliban were able to infiltrate Afghan intelligence databases to spy on government officials. They accessed information, photos, biometrics and national identity documents. As of Monday, they began “knocking door to door.”

According to Waziri, the door-to-door investigation is the Taliban’s way of uncovering targeted individuals through their families. They threaten and beat the families of such individuals to force the disclosure of their whereabouts.

Many Afghans are looking to evacuate to escape the risks they may face under the Taliban.

About 100,000 Afghans, including those who worked with the coalition and their families, are applying for a special US visa program, the AP reported on Thursday.

Rebecca Heller, head of the International Refugee Assistance Program in the United States, said an Afghan client told her that the Taliban had killed five interpreters in the past two days for working with the United States.

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