The Biden administration said on Tuesday that they would be relying on the Taliban to uphold a previous statement that they would allow safe passage of Americans to the airport. This despite new reports from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan showing attacks on people heading to the airport, and the new, brutal reality of the country.
In a White House press briefing on Tuesday, national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters that the Biden administration expects the Taliban "will have to be watched and observed over time" on whether it is "prepared to meet their obligations to the basic human rights and human dignity of people, to the safe passage of people, to the airport," according to Fox News.
"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," Sullivan said. He added that the administration was "in contact with the Taliban to ensure the safe passage of people to the airport."
This trust could prove to be misplaced, with President Biden reportedly noting just six weeks ago that he does not trust the terrorist organization.
Despite the Taliban saying earlier this week that the rights of women will be respected and upheld, recent acts of violence prove that they may not stand by their word.
In one video reportedly taken at the airport in Kabul, women are seen pleading with American troops to take them out of the country, saying "the Taliban are coming for me," according to a translation from the Daily Mail.
Their fear of the Taliban is well-placed. Last week, a young woman was fatally shot by Taliban fighters in Taloqan for allegedly refusing to wear a burqa, despite the chief spokesman for the Taliban saying recently that women will have to wear hijabs, but not burqa.
Gangs of Taliban fighters have also been allegedly rounding up girls as young as 12 in addition to unmarried and widowed women to be forced into marriage or sex slavery.
"We are committed to the rights of women under the system of Sharia. They are going to be working shoulder to shoulder with us. We would like to assure the international community that there will be no discrimination," said spokesman Zabihulla Mujahid.
A mother, identified only as Najia by her 25-year-old daughter named Manizha, was reportedly seated after the Taliban ordered her to cook for the Taliban men that showed up at her door.
"My mother told them, 'I am poor, how can I cook for you?' [The Taliban] started beating her. My mother collapsed, and they hit her with their guns - AK47s," Manizha told CNN.
Najia, a mother of four who was at home with her three young sons when the attack occurred, later died as a result of the in injuries.
On Tuesday a man, who was a reported car thief, was tarred and was strapped up on the bed of a truck to be put on display, according to the Daily Mail.
Faced with public displays of protest in Jalalabad days before the takeover of Kabul, Taliban fighters opened fire into a crowd of protestors bearing the flag of the Afghan Republic as well as journalists, according to The New York Times.
According to NBC correspondent Richard Engel, "Local media report Taliban fires on them, killing 2 and injured others."
These are just some of the reports of attacks and killings of civilians conducted by the Taliban in recent days and weeks. With such brazen attacks, and a country now ruled by Taliban leaders, the Biden administration must ask themselves if they truly believe that they will uphold their word and allow Americans and Afghanis who have visas to escape.
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