The Taliban has declared intention to enforce Islamic law across the world after overrunning civil authority in Afghanistan.
One of the commanders, Muhammed Afri Mustafa made the announcement in an interview with CNN.
Mustafa spoke right inside a United States base abandoned by Afghan forces after they ran out of food, leaving weapons and ammunition.
He recalled how the Taliban fought U.S. troops over the years despite more sophisticated assets and equipment.
“Many times we attacked this base when the Americans were here. We did operations, we were using IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices).
“The Americans had their helicopters, weapons and tanks on the ground. But we, Mujahideen, resisted very well. It is our belief that, one day, Mujahideen will have victory. Islamic law will come to not just Afghanistan, but all over the world.
“We are not in a hurry; we believe it will come one day. Jihad will not end until the last day”, Mustafa vowed.
Mawlavey Kamil, Taliban Governor, Andar District boasted that the fundamentalist group, which controlled most of Afghanistan in the late 1990s, is stronger.
“The Taliban of 2001 were new. This Taliban is experienced, disciplined. Our activities are going well, we are obeying our leaders,” he said.
There are concerns about the rights of women. As fighters took territories from government forces in July, they entered Azizi Bank in Kandahar and ordered women out.
The Jihadists led the bankers home and warned them not to return to their jobs. They, however, approved their replacement with male relatives.
“Islam has given rights to everyone equally. Women have their own rights. How much rights Islam has given to women, we will give them that much”, Kamil said.
The Taliban seized power two weeks before America’s final troop withdrawal. In 2020, former President Donald Trump pulled out thousands from Afghanistan and Iraq.
President Joe Biden put the blame of the fall of Kabul on the nationals. “It is wrong to order American troops to step up when Afghanistan’s own armed forces would not,” he said.
Since 2001, the US has spent more than $2trillion on the war. Thousands of Afghans are trying to leave but only hundreds have made it out yet.