The Taliban fighters we meet are stationed just 30 minutes from one of Afghanistan’s largest cities, Mazar-i-Sharif.
The “ghanimat” or riches of war they’re flaunting incorporate a Humvee, two get vans and a large group of amazing automatic rifles. Ainuddin, a stony-colored previous madrassa (strict school) understudy who’s currently a nearby military authority, remains at the focal point of a vigorously furnished group. The guerillas have a been catching new area on seemingly a regular schedule as global soldiers have everything except removed. Trapped in the center is an alarmed populace. A huge number of customary Afghans have needed to escape their homes – hundreds have been killed or harmed as of late. I ask Ainuddin how he can legitimize the brutality, given the torment it’s delivering on individuals he professes to be battling in the interest of? “It’s battling, so individuals are passing on,” he answers coolly, adding that the gathering is making an honest effort “not to hurt civilians”.I call attention to that the Taliban are the ones who have begun the battling. “No,” he counters. “We had an administration and it was ousted. They [the Americans] began the battling.” Ainuddin and the remainder of the Taliban feel force is with them, and that they are on the cusp of getting back to predominance subsequent to being overturned by the US-drove attack in 2001. “They are not surrendering Western culture… so we need to kill them,” he says of the “manikin government” in Kabul. Not long after we complete the process of talking we hear the sound of helicopters above us. The Humvee and the Taliban contenders rapidly scatter. It’s a token of the proceeding with danger the Afghan flying corps postures to the extremists, and that the fight is still a long way from over.One senior Taliban official said the concentration in the north had been conscious – not just on the grounds that the locale has customarily seen solid enemy of Taliban opposition, yet in addition since it is more different. In spite of its center authority being vigorously overwhelmed by individuals from the Pashtun larger part, the authority said the Taliban needed to stress they joined different identities as well. Haji Hekmat, a nearby Taliban pioneer and our host in Balkh, is quick to show us how day by day life is as yet proceeding. The market stays swarmed, with both male and female customers. We had been told by nearby sources that ladies were permitted to go to just with a male buddy, however when we visit that doesn’t appear to be the situation. Somewhere else Taliban leaders have allegedly been far stricter. Every one of the ladies we see, be that as it may, are wearing the sweeping burqa, covering both their hair and face. Haji Hekmat demands nobody is being “constrained” and that the Taliban are basically “lecturing” that this is the way ladies should dress.But I’ve been told cabbies have been given directions not to drive any lady into the town except if she’s completely hidden. The day after we leave, reports arise of a young lady being killed in view of her apparel. Haji Hekmat, however, rejects charges Taliban individuals were dependable. Numerous in the market express their help for the gathering and their appreciation towards them for further developing security. In any case, with Taliban warriors going with us consistently, it’s hard to tell residents’ opinion. The gathering’s hardline perspectives are on occasion on top of more moderate Afghans, however the Taliban are presently pushing for control of various bigger urban areas.