In the wake of Taliban militia’s major offensive across much of Afghanistan after the US troops withdrawal from the war-torn country after two decades of military presence, the US Embassy in Kabul has called for the leadership of the Taliban to be held accountable for recent suspected war crimes in Kandahar province.
They underlined the fact that dozens of civilians have been massacred in revenge killings by the Taliban in Spin Boldak, Kandahar, calling for proper investigation of the killings and holding accountable the responsible Taliban fighters and commanders.
The diplomatic mission statement points that if commanders cannot control their fighters now, they have no business in governance in Afghanistan later.
The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission concluded last week that some 40 civilians- former civil servants and government supporters- have been killed in revenge attacks during the Taliban’s takeover of the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province.
Previously, a spokesperson for the Afghan defence ministry said that over 100 residents of Spin Boldak were killed during the Taliban’s rampage and that Taliban fighters reportedly fled into Pakistan after Afghan forces retook the city after the massacres.