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Several killed as Taliban open fire on protesters: 10 facts

People carry Afghan flags as they take part in an anti-Taliban protest in Jalalabad

Flag-waving protesters took to the streets of several Afghan towns today as popular opposition to the Taliban spread, and a witness said several people were killed when terrorists fired on a crowd.

Here is your 10 point cheat sheet for this great story:

  1. “Our flag, our identity,” shouted a crowd of men and women waving black, red and green national flags in the capital Kabul, a video clip posted on social media showed on the day Afghanistan celebrated. its independence in 1919 from British control.

  2. The Taliban have presented a moderate face to the world since entering Kabul on Sunday, saying they want peace, will not take revenge on their former enemies and will respect women’s rights under Islamic law.

  3. According to media reports, how the Taliban is handling the protests, which include people who have shot down Taliban white flags, could determine whether people believe their assurances that they have changed since their 1996-2001 rule, when they severely restricted women, organized public executions and detonated ancient Buddhist statues.

  4. In Asadabad, capital of eastern Kunar province, several people were killed during a rally but it was not clear whether the victims were the result of Taliban fire or a stampede they unleashed, the official said. witness Mohammed Salim.

  5. Protesters also took to the streets of Jalalabad city and a district of Paktia province, both also in the east. Taliban fighters on Wednesday fired at protesters waving flags in Jalalabad, killing three people, witnesses and media reported. Media reported similar scenes in Asadabad and another eastern city, Khost, on Wednesday.

  6. First Vice President Amrullah Saleh, who is trying to rally opposition to the Taliban, has expressed support for the protests. “Hello to those who carry the national flag and thus defend the dignity of the nation,” he said on Twitter. Saleh said on Tuesday he was in Afghanistan and was the “legitimate interim president” after President Ashraf Ghani fled as the Taliban captured Kabul on Sunday.

  7. In a column for the Washington Post, Amad Massoud, head of the Afghanistan National Resistance Front, based in the former anti-Taliban stronghold in the Panjshir Valley, northeast of Kabul, called for Western support to fight the Taliban.

  8. While Kabul has been generally calm since the Taliban entered on Sunday, the airport is in chaos as people rush out of the country. Twelve people have been killed in and around the airport since then, NATO and the Taliban have said. The deaths were caused either by gunfire or shoving, the Taliban said.

  9. Witnesses on Wednesday said the Taliban was preventing people from entering the airport compound. The Taliban said the soldiers fired in the air to disperse the crowd. Gunmen unleashed sustained fire in the air Thursday at several airport entrances, sending crowds, including women holding babies, to disperse. It was not clear whether the men shooting were Taliban or security personnel assisting US forces inside.

  10. The United States and other Western powers have continued to evacuate their nationals and some of their Afghan personnel from the airport in the capital, from which around 8,000 people have been evacuated since Sunday, said a responsible for western security.