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Inspector General report: Taliban using fingerprints, gun records to track down Afghans who assisted US

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A new inspector general report has been released detailing “the chaos in Afghanistan following the American troop withdrawal in 2021″  and explains the Taliban is now using “fingerprint and gun records to hunt down Afghans who worked with the U.S. government” reports Fox News.

The 148-page report shows that the Taliban are going after former Afghan National Defense and Security Forces “on a daily basis.”

“They search their homes and if they cannot find the individual they will go after their family members,” an ex-Afghan military intelligence officer said. “They punish their family until the person they are looking for surrenders. They will arrest someone at their home and beat them all the way to the police station.”

The officer has had to relocate four times and says if the Taliban finds out where he is, he “will be executed.” The officer explained that the report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction that “The Taliban fear these forces because they think these people might be against them one day or have connections to the opposition fighting the Taliban.”

“The Taliban are using biometric devices to detect and find former ANDSF,” he added. “They take fingerprints and if there is a match, they take the individual to the police station.”

“A lot of National Directorate of Security, Afghan National Army, and Afghan National Police officers were arrested through the use of biometric devices,” the former intelligence officer also said. “Some are still in prison right now. Their families have no food or money. If the Taliban continue with this [these families] won’t last, they will collapse.”

The report says there are “a number of Afghan-owned and operated biometric databases, including the Afghan Automatic Biometric Identification System and e-tazkira, the country’s electronic national ID card system.

“SIGAR has received reports of Taliban attempting to summon former government employees to provide access to servers belonging to the former government that included biometric data,” it said. “The risk may be mitigated if the networks where the biometric data was stored were wiped, but whether they were remains unclear.”

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Senior Saudi official says Iran ‘engineered’ war in Gaza and ‘should have been stopped a long time ago’

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Although it has been widely believed, a senior Saudi Arabian official has accused Tehran of having “engineered a war in Gaza” for the purpose to interfere with Jerusalem’s attempts to normalize relations with Riyadh. The unnamed official then described the regime as “a country that sponsors terrorism, and it should have been stopped a long time ago.”

In an interview with Israel’s Kan public broadcaster, the anonymous individual said that “any suspicious object” entering his country’s airspace is intercepted by the Kingdom’s defense forces. The comment may suggest that there was some level of participation by the Saudis in neutralizing the missiles and attack drones that the Islamic Republic fired at Israel on Saturday, notes Foreign Desk News. 

Reports have confirmed that the American, British, French, and Jordanian militaries assisted the IDF in the air defenses during the bombardment.

Foreign Desk News states of the improving relations between Israel and its neighbors:

In 2020, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Morocco signed normalization agreements with the Jewish state under the direction of the Trump administration, in what was called the Abraham Accords. The following January, Sudan would also join the reconciliation.

Any diplomatic understandings between Israel and Saudi Arabia would be seen as a big boost to regional security, considering the Kingdom is often viewed as the most powerful Arab-majority country in the world.

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