Is armed robbery in the capital related to terrorism?
Written by: Tawfiq Azim
According to reports, police have arrested 25 people in Kabul over the past week on suspicion of involvement in terrorist and criminal activities. Many are still being held on charges of stealing, begging, and looting mobile phones, and there are even reports that the Taliban have contacted some criminal gangs and assured them of their support.
Lately, the theft rate has reached its peak. Thieves only stole personal property in the past. Still, now, unfortunately, these groups try to kill the victim with a knife or a bullet without the victim resisting and against them and, then they would Take personal things of their victim. The citizens consider such events to be related to criminal cases. Still, some other thoughts are also present due to the crime increase in Kabul, and sources indicate that these events have more of a terrorist aspect than a criminal dimension. Some government sources also indirectly acknowledge that such incidents are perpetrated by criminal gangs funded by the Taliban or other terrorist groups to launch massacres in cities. Such a tactic is that the Taliban has changed its warfare strategy against Afghan forces and the citizens. Now, the Taliban are willing to begin a new guerilla war phase to pressure the government to misuse public opinion.
This claim may sound attractive to most of us. Some other evidence also highlights that the Taliban have done everything to misuse public opinion and realize that the country’s current system is not worth it. In 19 years, the group has launched different tactics to discredit the Afghan government. As insecurity increases in Kabul, the Taliban wants to widen the gap between people and government; This group is undoubtedly a terrorist breeder and pursues terrorist goals. One of the main goals of terrorism and evil gangs is to create a rift between the people and the system to untrust the government. In fact, with such an approach, the armed opposition of the system wants to prove that the government cannot provide security for the people. Instead, the Taliban use these terrorist methods to achieve their evil goals.
Also, the argument of the evidence over the past 19 years proves that the Taliban always has worked by carrying out provocative actions, and especially divisiveness between the citizens and the regime, provide the ground for domination in areas far from their control and provide a public opinion for their acceptance. Therefore, the Taliban have carried out many provocative actions against the government in recent days, seemingly having a criminal aspect. Still, inwardly, over time, it has been proven that these events are linked to terrorist roots and use these methods to promote psychological warfare. And the spread of fear is being used among the people, as the Taliban released a video last week claiming that they were setting up checkpoints in Kabul and searching for vehicles.
But a technical review of the videos by impartial agencies proved that all of the Taliban used this method to increase fear and panic among the citizens, even if the Taliban were more successful in launching such propaganda. Based on the Foundation for the Protection of Free Media (FMSF) assessments, the agency found that the film released by the Taliban was “fake,” and officials at the organization said that the Taliban were trying to launch such films for creating horror among the citizens. And the second reason was that the group was willing to influence the people psychologically and magnify their influence in big cities.
Following the release of the video and the rejection of the Taliban’s physical presence on public roads in the capital of Afghanistan, rumors continued to spread on social media about the group’s influence in some essential parts of Kabul, which were vehemently denied by citizens and the Interior Ministry for two days. Earlier, the group issued a newsletter announcing that citizens ignored it, and contrary to the Taliban’s Cold War methods, citizens blamed the group’s fighters for killing Afghans. Given these reasons, it is now clear that the Taliban can prevent theft and facilitate large-scale armed robbery, and hand over jobs to those under their influence to prove that the government is weak and the regime is shaky and useless.
Finally, we can conclude that atrocity in the guise of a thief manages to discredit the government and the system. It is clear to all citizens that Kabul’s fragile security situation has disturbed the people as the Afghan authorities are taking serious action to counter such acts. The security forces worked hard daily to clear the Kabul city and end the current situation; the statistics provided by the security agencies show these forces’ efforts to be done honestly, but the Taliban want to use the methods of wolves in sheep’s clothing. They cast a shadow over all the achievements and, due to the fragile economic, social, and political situation in the country, further damage the public opinion.