Taliban fighters moan about ‘having to be in the office from 8 till 4’, their daily commute and how dull life is since taking over Afghanistan and becoming civil servants, with many admitting ‘I miss jihad’
It is less than 18 months since jubilant Taliban fighters swept back to power and overran Afghanistan’s capital as Joe Biden withdrew his troops in a retreat that shook the world. But it seems the exhilaration of seizing control of the war-torn country has worn off for moaning militants — with many now missing the battlefield and bored of the 9-5 grind of running the impoverished nation. After decades of war, the blood-thirsty fighters have spoken of their disdain for office life and are reminiscing about the Taliban’s past and their lives which they claim to be ‘free of restrictions.’
In a study speaking to the blood-thirsty Taliban members who swapped the life of war and misery in the mountains for desk jobs, the Afghanistan Analysts Network found they were not adapting to the typical civilian lifestyle of office jobs and traffic. After the realization of how day-to-day life works, former soldier Abdul Nafi claimed to miss the war as he complained about spending his life on Twitter instead of roaming the country causing chaos and bloodshed. The 25-year-old ex-fighter said: ‘I sometimes miss the jihad life for all the good things it had. In our ministry, there’s little work for me to do. Therefore, I spend most of my time on Twitter. We’re connected to speedy Wi-fi. Many mujahedeen, including me, are addicted to the internet, especially Twitter.’
He added: ‘What I dislike about Kabul is its traffic and what I fear is its thieves. I keep my pistol on my person all the time after two of our comrades were robbed.’ Despite the militants imposing draconian rules that bar women from education and see people stoned, flogged and amputated in public the routine, the dis-contented militants seem bored of civilization.
Not ruining the lives of innocent people everyday seems to have hit Taliban commander Omar Mansurhard (not pictured) hard as heartless members now have to work for a wage instead of roaming the country to find their next victim. The 32-year-old said: ‘We had a great degree of freedom about where to go, where to stay and whether to participate in the war. These days, you have to go to the office before 8am and stay ’til 4pm. If you don’t go, you’re considered absent, and [the wage for] that day is cut from your salary.’
After dropping the life of a soldier Mr Mansur, who was born in North Waziristan and grew up in the remote village of Yahya Kheyl about 150 miles southwest of Kabul, became a middle-ranking civil servant. He claims he cannot afford to bring his wife and five children to the capital, because of high property rent. The ex-commander said: ‘What I don’t like about Kabul is its ever-increasing traffic hold-ups. Last year, it was tolerable but in the past few months, it’s become more and more congested.’
Mr Mansur was not the only killing machine to complain about the dull life of traffic and Twitter as ex-sniper Huzaifa reminisces about the freeing life of war and how bored he is of doing the same job every day. The 24-year-old said: ‘The Taliban used to be free of restrictions but now we sit in one place, behind a desk and a computer 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Life’s become so wearisome; you do the same things every day.’ Like many ‘soldiers’ of the Taliban Huzaifa who were brought up in a rural village and had not visited the capital previously. Pictured: Kabul, Afghanistan.
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