Authorities in Afghanistan ordered an investigation on Thursday after a video circulated on-line that appeared to point out a gaggle of Afghan troops desecrating the our bodies of Taliban fighters.
The 2-minute clip, which rapidly went viral on social media, surfaced forward of anticipated peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban following Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s announcement to launch the ultimate batch of Taliban prisoners agreed as a part of a US-Taliban deal.
The video, which AFP couldn’t instantly confirm, reveals a person in navy uniform utilizing an axe to smash the heads and faces of what seemed to be two lifeless Taliban fighters.
Different our bodies are seen close by, and the sound of laughter might be heard as a gaggle of males in uniform watch.
The Taliban mentioned the video was filmed in Zabul province within the nation’s south and that authorities forces had handled the lifeless fighters “barbarically”.
The ministry of defence mentioned it had ordered a probe into the video displaying “what seems to be some safety forces members appearing inappropriately with a variety of lifeless our bodies”.
“If verified that the violators are members of the ANA (Afghan Nationwide Military), they are going to be handled,” the ministry mentioned in an announcement.
The desecration of corpses in Afghanistan’s conflict has been a recurrent subject, with a number of movies rising over the previous 20 years, together with one in 2011 displaying a gaggle of US marines urinating on three blood-soaked our bodies.
That video sparked outrage all over the world prompting an investigation and prison fees.
The newest clip comes as Kabul is ready to launch about 400 Taliban prisoners forward of peace talks with the armed group, which has fought US-led forces because it was faraway from energy in 2001.
Kabul has already freed round 4,500 Taliban prisoners, whereas the armed group have launched about 1,000 Afghan safety personnel as a part of the February deal signed between the US and the Taliban within the Qatari capital, Doha.
The discharge of the Taliban prisoners has confronted opposition within the nation as most of the inmates had been concerned in brutal assaults concentrating on each Afghans and foreigners.
President Ghani on Sunday agreed to launch 400 Taliban prisoners after an Afghan grand meeting, often known as the Loya Jirga, handed a decision to approve the transfer.
The intra-Afghan talks, which had been initially slated to be held in March, had been delayed because the Afghan authorities was reluctant to launch all of the Taliban prisoners.
President Donald Trump, up for re-election in November, has mentioned repeatedly that he desires to finish America’s longest conflict, which started almost 20 years in the past.
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