President Joe Biden’s top administration and military officials have repeatedly told Americans that the Taliban can be trusted to allow Americans safe passage to the airport, and while Americans haven’t been attacked as of yet, natives in the country have.
According to Fox News, shocking new footage has emerged which appears to show Taliban terrorists violently engaging Afghani protesters who were apparently waving the Afghan flag. The situation, which unfolded in the city of Jalalabad, reportedly has already left at least one dead and six wounded.
BREAKING: Taliban opens fire on protesters in Jalalabad because they were reportedly waiving the Afghan flag. pic.twitter.com/Hasmv3XjDU
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“There was panic”
Journalists on the ground at the protest that turned violent described a scary and violent situation, saying that at one point, Taliban terrorists opened fire on the crowds of protesters.
“There was panic when the Taliban fired openly on people who ran away, some hid in streets and others went inside shops,” local reporter Babrak Amerzada said.
Amerzada added: “At the same time another Taliban group came and hit my camera and beat us with their rifle boots and later another group came and apologized to us,” before then explaining that he was forced to run and hide at a nearby television station as the violence erupted.
In a separate report, Amerzada claimed that he and his cameraman were beaten by Taliban operatives while they attempted to cover the protest in Jalalabad.
The Taliban’s violent reaction reportedly could have come after protesters gathered at the event lowered the terrorist group’s flag and wanted to raise Afghanistan’s flag to celebrate a day before Afghanistan’s Independence Day.
So much for trust
Though there haven’t been any confirmed accounts of Taliban terrorists assaulting Americans attempting to flee the country, the situation is so volatile that it’s not unreasonable to expect that it could happen at any given moment.
But according to Fox News, even with what we’ve seen with the violent reaction to the protesters and other isolated incidents across Afghanistan in recent days, it appears as if the Biden administration is almost solely relying on “trusting” the Taliban to not interfere with American evacuations.
“The Taliban have informed us that they are prepared to provide the safe passage of civilians to the airport, and we intend to hold them to that commitment,” National security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Tuesday.
It sounds like Americans trapped in Afghanistan need all of the prayers they can muster if they have any hopes of making it out of the terrorist-controlled country without incident.