Afghanistan: Taliban maimed, dismembered, killed Salafi priest

KABUL, ($1=86.84 Afghan Afghanis) – Yesterday, Sunday [September 5th], it was revealed that one of the symbols of Salafism in Afghanistan, Mawlawi Abu Obaidullah Mutawakkil, had been killed in a Taliban prison, learned, citing Al-Araby.

Salafi priest Mawlawi Abu Obaidullah Mutawakkil, photo credit: Twitter

A member of Mutawakil’s family told al-Arabi al-Jadid that he had been called by a “Taliban country” and the family had been asked to take Mutawakkil’s body and that of his student Kari Obaidullah.

A family member of the slain Salafi symbol explained that al-Mutawakkil had been killed under torture and that his body had been completely mutilated to make him unrecognizable to his family.

The Taliban had arrested Mutawakkil, along with one of his students, Kari Obaidullah, on August 28 last year without revealing the reasons for the arrest.

The Taliban have not yet commented on the assassination of the Salafi priest. Afghan intelligence has arrested Mutawakkil several times and he has remained in one of his prisons while the Taliban take control of Kabul.

After the Taliban took control of Kabul, the movement released Mutawakkil on August 16, but arrested him again ten days later. Mutawakkil has a large religious school with branches throughout Afghanistan.

The situation in Afghanistan

After a 20-year presence on August 31, US troops left Afghanistan. According to US President Joe Biden, the United States has done what it set out to do: eliminate the al Qaeda terrorist group responsible for the 9/11 attacks and prevent Afghanistan from becoming a center of terrorism.

His words do not correspond to reality. According to a US intelligence report, at least 20 small terrorist groups are currently operating in Afghanistan, radicalized over the past 20 years due to the foreign presence. Various reports suggest al-Qaeda terrorists are joining the Taliban and Islamic State will establish a presence in Afghanistan.

Earlier, the same US report said that Kabul would collapse within six months, but the US president withheld this information. He tried hard to convince the public that there was no such option in front of Afghanistan and cited the thousands of troops and equipment of the Asian country. Despite Joe Biden’s “optimism,” the Taliban took over almost the entire country within a month and entered Kabul. Former President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.

At present, there is only one territory left in Afghanistan that has not been conquered by the Taliban, and that is the province of Panjshir. Anti-Taliban forces and Afghan soldiers have positioned themselves in it. The anti-Taliban coalition is led by Ahmad Massoud.


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