Authorities in Afghanistan bought an investigation on Thursday after a video flowed online that appeared to reveal a group of Afghan troops desecrating the bodies of Taliban fighters.
The two-minute clip, which quickly went viral on social networks, emerged ahead of expected peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban following Afghan President Ashraf Ghanis announcement to launch the last batch of Taliban detainees agreed as part of a US-Taliban offer.
The video, which AFP could not immediately validate, shows a man in military uniform using an axe to smash the heads and faces of what seemed 2 dead Taliban fighters.
Other bodies are seen close by, and the noise of laughter can be heard as a group of males in consistent watch.
The Taliban stated the video was filmed in Zabul province in the nations south and that government forces had actually dealt with the dead fighters “barbarically”.
Afghan federal government orders examination
The ministry of defence stated it had actually purchased a probe into the video revealing “what seems some security forces members acting inappropriately with a number of dead bodies”.
” If verified that the lawbreakers are members of the ANA (Afghan National Army), they will be dealt with,” the ministry stated in a declaration.
The desecration of corpses in Afghanistans war has been a recurrent problem, with a number of videos emerging over the previous 20 years, including one in 2011 revealing a group of US marines urinating on three blood-soaked bodies.
That video stimulated outrage worldwide prompting an examination and criminal charges.
The most recent clip comes as Kabul is set to launch about 400 Taliban prisoners ahead of peace talks with the armed group, which has actually battled US-led forces because it was eliminated from power in 2001.
Kabul has actually already freed about 4,500 Taliban detainees, while the armed group have released about 1,000 Afghan security workers as part of the February offer signed in between the United States and the Taliban in the Qatari capital, Doha.
The release of the Taliban detainees has actually dealt with opposition in the nation as many of the prisoners were included in harsh attacks targeting both Afghans and foreigners.
President Ghani on Sunday concurred to release 400 Taliban detainees after an Afghan grand assembly, called the Loya Jirga, passed a resolution to approve the move.
The intra-Afghan talks, which were initially slated to be kept in March, were postponed as the Afghan government was reluctant to launch all the Taliban prisoners.
President Donald Trump, up for re-election in November, has actually said consistently that he wishes to end Americas longest war, which began nearly 20 years back.
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