A group of Taliban fighters beheaded an Afghan soldier in a grisly video which also showed them celebrating while yelling “God is Great” and praising the Taliban supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada.
The 36-second video, obtained by the Washington Examiner, was originally posted to a private Taliban chat room about a week ago.
The footage shows six Taliban fighters surrounding the man who was laying on his back, with his head resting on his chest.
“Shoot him! He has to look shot!” The group leader said toward the end of the video, indicating his intent to hide the death by decapitation.
The video raises significant questions about the Taliban’s promises to the international community that they would offer amnesty to those who opposed their conquest of the country.
“I would like to assure the international community, including the United States, that nobody will be harmed,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said last month. “We don’t want any internal or external enemies.”
Local Afghans were not surprised by the brutality.
“This is barbaric, and I will never trust the Taliban,” Afghan security consultant Nasser Von Wazirit told the Examiner. “A terrorist is always a terrorist.”