Australians who spent years as Taliban hostages return to Afghanistan to celebrate fall of Kabul anniversary


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Australia and Oceania, Afghanistan, Taliban, Hostages, Stockholm Syndrome



After spending more than three years as a Taliban* hostage, the man converted to Islam and became an active supporter of militant groups in Afghanistan.

Timothy Weeks, an Australian teacher who was kidnapped by the Taliban in 2016 and held by the group for 1,192 days before being exchanged for three high-ranking Taliban officials in November 2019, praised previous prisoners and said the next would be: Returned to Afghanistan to celebrate. -One year after the Taliban defeated the US-led coalition and its puppet government.

“As you know, I first came to Afghanistan six years ago in 2016. I came here with a dream to learn about Afghanistan. This is ‘Part 2’ of my journey,” Weeks told media in Kabul on Friday.

“I am also coming to celebrate the first anniversary of the Islamic Emirati government of Afghanistan, which I have supported,” the Australian added, using the official name of the self-proclaimed Taliban-ruling government. I spent three and a half years with Taliban soldiers, and I saw these people in a light that no one else had seen,” Weeks said.

Upon arriving in Kabul, Weeks, now known as Jibril Omar, also hugged Khalid Zadran, a spokesman for the Taliban police who greeted him at the airport.

Wagga Wagga scholar and his US colleague Kevin King were kidnapped by the Taliban outside the Afghan American University in Kabul in 2016. Shortly after returning to his native Australia in a prisoner exchange, the man was killed. explained His detention conditions, which included a small windowless cell, lacked proper medical care, and he was held in the dark for long periods of time. At times he states: [his] death was imminent [he] Never returned home to see his loved ones.
Afghan women march during a women's rights protest in Kabul on August 13, 2022, holding placards while shouting the slogans

Taliban militants fire into the air to disperse women’s protests in Kabul – video

Converted to Islam for several weeks with the help of Taliban captives, but after he expressed his desire to convert on the basis of their “unfathomable and steadfast faith”, they first rejected him. threatened to kill him.

After his ordeal, Weeks became an advocate for the Taliban and traveled to Doha, Qatar in February 2020 to attend the U.S.-Taliban agreement signing ceremony at his own request and expense.

Earlier this year, Weeks expressed hope He told the media that he hopes to one day return to Afghanistan and spread the word that Islam is a religion of peace.
His return to Kabul for weeks has sparked outrage among the Australian media. weekend australian When characterizes his travel videos as “shocking” and “amazing”.
Refugee rights activist at Amnesty International told SBS News Weeks’ footage “brings a lot of anger and frustration” to Australia’s Afghan refugee community and “nothing to celebrate” a regime that violates women’s rights and denies girls the right to go to school.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has issued a “no travel” advisory to Afghanistan due to the unstable security situation and the threat of terrorism. DFAT also urges Australians not to “get involved” with the Taliban, warning that this could lead to sanctions.

Australian forces participated in the US-led coalition occupation of Afghanistan from 2001 to 2021, with nearly 30,000 troops on service and 41 deaths over the two decades. The military was swamped with a war crimes investigation in 2016, and the investigation eventually found evidence of his murder of 39 civilians and prisoners of war at the hands or orders of Australian Special Forces, along with brutal treatment, including torture. discovered.

*An organization under United Nations sanctions against terrorist activities. Australians who spent years as Taliban hostages return to Afghanistan to celebrate fall of Kabul anniversary

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