Since the announcement of the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, the conflict has intensified between the Taliban and the Afghan army. On Monday, the American and British embassies in Kabul accused the Taliban of having “massacred dozens of civilians” in reprisal in the district of Spin Boldak, in southern Afghanistan, which they seized on the 14th. July.
“These murders are likely to constitute war crimes; they must be investigated and the responsible Taliban fighters or leaders must be held to account, ”the two embassies indicate in similar terms on their respective Twitter accounts, referring to a report by the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), a public body.
40 victims identified
The two embassies believe that “the leadership of the Taliban must be held responsible for the crimes of their fighters. If you are not able to control your fighters now, you have nothing to do with the government later ”. In its report, the AIHRC wrote that it “discovered that after taking the Spin Boldak district, the Taliban searched and identified government officials past and present, and killed those people who had no fighting role.”
The Commission says it has identified 40 people killed in the district by the Taliban, but “according to certain allegations, which could not be verified immediately, their number could be higher”.
The insurgents also retaliated against residents who welcomed the Afghan forces during an attempt to reconquer the district which ultimately failed, including looting their homes. Civilians have also been killed for “personal reasons” and “past conflicts”, according to the AIHRC.
These killings in the Spin Boldak district by the Taliban are a clear violation of international humanitarian law and may amount to war crimes, says the Commission.