It has been two weeks since the United States withdrew from Afghanistan, which officially concluded America's longest war on August 30th, 2021. With the Taliban now ruling majority of Afghanistan, multiple sources of footage and credible media stories have shown the contradictory actions Taliban fighters have taken against women, children, and individuals associated with the United States and Allied Forces.
Upon the withdraw from the United States, Taliban leaders ensured that women and former foes would be treated respectfully and not punished from their "wrong-doings" over the course of the past twenty-year war. Unfortunately, the Taliban have failed to comply with these promises, as NATO officials have released information on the actions occurring on ground from Taliban fighters, officials, and ideologic followers.
Recent NATO reports have indicated over the course of the past two weeks, women have been forced to stay home, restricted the rights of female teenagers to go to school, and have been conducting house-to-house searches looking for former foes. In addition to their contradictory, an official protest constructed by the Taliban was recently conducted in Kabul on September 11th, 2021, where hundreds of women wore full Hajib attire and celebrated the Taliban victory over the west. During their protest march, they chanted "death to America" and carried signs stating "the women who left don't represent us," "we don't want co-education", and "We are satisfied with the attitude and behavior of Mujahedeen's".
On the opposition from Taliban rule, many civil protests combatting the Taliban ideology has ended with chaotic violence. Last week, two men were killed during a women's rights protest in Herat, after Taliban fighters opened fire on the crowd. Since then, Taliban officers and fighters have utilized whips and batons to break up these demonstrations and have now officially banned protests against the regime. The UN's rights spokesperson, Ravina Shamdasani spoke on September 10th, 2021, where she confirmed these allegations, also mentioning new information of Taliban officials ordering telecommunication companies to shut down internet and cellphone access to a vast majority of sections within Kabul.