Fox News reporter Trey Yingst He visited a prison in Kabul, Afghanistan held thousands of Taliban fighters. Yingst spoke with fighters from Logar province, just south of the capital, about his views on security in Afghanistan during the Taliban takeover.
At Pul-e-Charkhi prison in Kabul, Yingst said: “America’s Newsroom” On Wednesday, the Taliban entered the Afghan capital and freed thousands of their fellow fighters.
Fighters from Logar province said that while taking over Afghanistan was a 15-year struggle and claiming they would bring security to the people of Afghanistan, they were “happy” to now have control of the country.
Niaz Mohammed Halim, a man who spent four years in prison at the facility, is now a top Taliban intelligence official.
Yingst asked about the Americans still stranded in Afghanistan.
Halim responded by saying “everyone is safe” and denied reports of clashes between senior Taliban leaders.
“From people to senior officials, everyone follows the rule of the Taliban emirate. There is no infighting,” Halim told Yingst. “In Kabul, what we have ordered here is implemented in all provinces. This is propaganda of the enemy.”
Meanwhile, security comes at an extremely high price for the Afghan people. The Taliban began enforcing Sharia law across the country, which outlawed music, prohibited men and women from working together, and allowed executions in more rural areas of the country.
“America’s Newsroom” co-host Bill Hemmer asked Yingst how the Taliban had reacted to having a Western reporter in their country.
“It’s extremely interesting to talk to them,” Yingst replied.
“You have these conversations with many of these Taliban fighters, and then suddenly they’re going to start talking about how they killed a string of American soldiers eight or nine years ago.”
The Fox News correspondent went on to say that it was “surprising” to hear that the value of human life for the Taliban was “far lower” than many in the world.
“[The Taliban] They say they’re happy to control the country,” he told Hemmer.
But right now, they’re looking to leadership speaking to authorities in places like Doha, Qatar, to talk about the future,” he said.
Yingst added that the Taliban want to be taken seriously by the international community, but they have “a very dark past”.
Hemmer asked how women in Afghanistan were treated in the country.
“Taliban spokesman in Doha…[ed] they will respect women’s rights,” Yingst replied. “Let them study at the university and… take part in society.”
Although a Taliban spokesman claimed that men and women would be equal, Yingst stressed that women are considered “second-class citizens” in Afghanistan.
“[The] “Taliban fighters are very focused on maintaining security. But human rights and equality are very low on this group’s list,” Yingst said.