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On August 15, 2021, when the Taliban mujahideen began pouring into the city of Kabul and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was hours from fleeing the country, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban organization) published two statements on its official website.
One of the statements, dated August 14, was a 13-point set of guidelines for the Taliban fighters, asking them to protect people, and not to harm civilians. The second statement, dated August 15, is more political.
A reading of the statements indicates that the Taliban leadership expected that they might have to fight their way to Kabul for at least 30 days in order to seize it, stating: "The current situation suggests that the government may collapse in 90 or 30 days." This report includes both statements.
Following is the August 14 statement, titled "Statement of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan on the latest advancements and developments in the country":
"The Military And Civilian Personnel Who Join The Ranks Of The Islamic Emirate Should Not Be Worried Because The Islamic Emirate Is Determined To Appoint Them"
"We declare the following points regarding the latest developments and advancements in our beloved country:
"1. The areas and provinces that come under the control of the Islamic Emirate are in fact an obvious sign of the popularity and acceptance of the Islamic Emirate among the people. Such great and rapid progress cannot be achieved by force without the help of Allah the almighty and our nation's great and broad support, to which we shall thank all in words and deeds.
"2. The Islamic Emirate once again assures all its citizens that it will, as always, protect their life, property, and honor, and create a peaceful and secure environment for its beloved nation. In this regard, no one should worry about their life.
"3. The mujahideen should pay utmost attention to the treasury, public facilities, government offices, equipment related to government offices, parks, roads, bridges. All these are the trust and property of the nation; no personal tampering and negligence should be done with them; rather it should be strictly guarded.
"4. All those who have previously worked and helped the invaders, or are now standing in the ranks of the corrupt administration of Kabul, the Islamic Emirate has opened its door for them and have announced for them amnesty. We once again invite them all to come and to serve the nation and the country.
Afghan Taliban leaders in Doha, Qatar
"5. The military and civilian personnel who join the ranks of the Islamic Emirate should not be worried because the Islamic Emirate is determined to appoint them in a proper manner as per their abilities and talents to serve their country and nation in the future.
"6. In areas which are under the control of the Islamic Emirate, people should lead a normal life, especially in the official arena, whether it is educational, health, social or cultural. No one should leave their area and country. They shall live a normal life; our nation and country need services, and Afghanistan is our joint home that we will build and serve together.
"7. Recently, the Kabul administration has launched a series of baseless and vicious propaganda, in which they have given false information to some countries and international organizations. They have allegedly accused the Islamic Emirate of crimes committed by them, or are crimes of the intelligence agencies affiliated with them. Despite of that, they always publish fake declarations and statements under the name of the Islamic Emirate or by the name of the leaders and officials of the Islamic Emirate.
"Such lies and far-fetched propaganda can't be reasonably and logically accepted. Sometimes they claim that the Islamic Emirate forces people to marry their daughters, or to marry them to the mujahideen. Sometimes they say that the mujahideen are killing people, killing prisoners and captives, and allegedly making various accusations which are all baseless."
"Our Message To The Businessmen, Industrialists, And Investors Is To Carry On Their Business Normally And To Serve The Nation"
"8. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is not interested in anyone's private property, (not in anyone's cars, not in anyone's land and houses, not in anyone's markets and shops); rather it considers protection of lives and properties of the nation its primary responsibility.
"9. Those who have recently been affected by the enemy's propaganda, displaced internally, or migrated to foreign countries, whether official or civilian, they should return to their homes and areas; there is no problem for them. We will protect their life, property, and honor.
"10. The Islamic Emirate has ordered its mujahideen and once again instructs them that no one is allowed to enter anyone's house without permission. Life, property, and honor of none shall be harmed but rather should be protected by mujahideen.
Afghan Taliban fighters in Kabul, image courtesy: Dawn.com
"11. The enemy may have recruited some people to misuse the title of Mujahid to harass or inflict pain on the people. In this regard, the nation and people should help the mujahideen to inform the Grievance and Complaint Commission of the Islamic Emirate.
"12. Our message to the businessmen, industrialists, and investors is to carry on their business normally and to serve the nation. The Islamic Emirate will provide a safe and conducive environment for their business, and the Islamic Emirate struggles to help you what it can according to its capabilities.
"13. Once again, we assure all our neighbors that we will not create any problems for them; they should thereby have confidence. We also assure all the diplomats, embassies, consulates, and charitable workers, whether they are international or national that not only no problems will be created for them by IEA, but security and a secure environment will be provided to them. Inshallah [Allah willing]."
Following is the text of the August 15 statement, titled "False Propaganda Cannot Compensate for Military Defeat":
"Conquering Such A Vast Territory In A Short Span Of Time Has Indeed Changed International Perceptions On And Analyses Of The Islamic Emirate"
"The mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate have captured the northern zone of their country and security has been ensured. Apart from the north, the capitals of Farah, Nimroz, Herat, Ghazni, Badghis, and other provinces have also been conquered in the southwestern zone. Remaining areas are being cleared successfully too.
"Conquering such a vast territory in a short span of time has indeed changed international perceptions on and analyses of the Islamic Emirate. It has forced relevant people to reconsider their past estimates and figures. The Washington Post, for example, had quoted several U.S. military officials as saying that after the withdrawal of foreign troops, the Kabul government is expected to resist the Taliban for six months to a year. But the current situation suggests that the government may collapse in 90 or 30 days.
"Given the mujahideen's rapid advance, the Kabul puppet government has lost the ability to conduct any military operation. Furthermore, its workers, as expected, have sought refuge abroad, such as Finance Minister Mohammad Khalid. Once the Islamic Emirate's victorious campaign encompasses the entirety of Afghanistan, [President Ashraf] Ghani along with his corrupt workers may prefer to flee rather than stay in the country too."
"The Muslims Of Afghanistan Have Long Understood That The Kabul Government Is In Fact Under The Shadow Of B-52 American Planes"
"The Muslims of Afghanistan have long understood that the Kabul government is in fact under the shadow of B-52 American planes and that once they disappear from the country's airspace, the Kabul government too will disappear.
"The Kabul government is facing severe defeat in the face of resistance from the Afghan people and wants to make up for this defeat through negative propaganda against the mujahideen. But the people of the conquered areas have already witnessed the kind and gentle attitude of the mujahideen who have saved them from the atrocities of Afghan mercenary forces with their very blood.
"We are certain that the enemy's false propaganda will be as ineffective as their military efforts against the mujahideen were. This is a battle of truth and falsehood in which the rotten tools of falsehood will one day be forced to kneel before the truth, and the word of truth will prevail, Allah Willing."
Source: AlemarahEnglish.net (Afghanistan), August 15, 2021. The original English of both the statements has been lightly edited for clarity and standardization.