The Taliban’s promises of tolerance in Afghanistan often do not correspond to reality

Afghan TV anchor Mirwais Haqdost seemed stable, even with seven armed Taliban fighters behind him, as he read out a statement drafted by the group.

“The Mujahedin in the Islamic Emirate are trying to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan,” he said, using the Taliban’s favorite name while two warriors watched him closely. “Their only request is that people support them and cooperate with them and are not afraid of anything.”

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