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A man Afghan officials say is a member of the Taliban shot dead a woman accused of adultery in front of a crowd near Kabul, a video obtained by Reuters showed, a sign that the austere Islamist group dictates law even near the Afghan capital.

In the three-minute video, a turban-clad man approaches a woman kneeling in the dirt and shoots her five times at close range with an automatic rifle, to cheers of jubilation from the 150 or so men watching in a village in Parwan province.
 
"Allah warns us not to get close to adultery because it's the wrong way," another man says as the shooter gets closer to the woman. "It is the order of Allah that she be executed".
 
Provincial Governor Basir Salangi said the video, obtained on Saturday, was shot a week ago in the village of Qimchok in Shinwari district, about an hour's drive from Kabul.
 
Such rare public punishment was a painful reminder to Afghan authorities of the Taliban's 1996-2001 period in power, and it raised concern about the treatment of Afghan women 11 years into the NATO-led war against Taliban insurgents.
 
"When I saw this video, I closed my eyes ... The woman was not guilty; the Taliban are guilty," Salangi told Reuters.

When the unnamed woman, most of her body tightly wrapped in a shawl, fell sideways after being shot several times in the head, the spectators chanted: "Long live the Afghan mujahideen! (Islamist fighters)", a name the Taliban use for themselves.
 
The Taliban could not be reached for comment.
 
Despite the presence of over 130,000 foreign troops and 300,000 Afghan soldiers and police, the Taliban have managed to resurge beyond their traditional bastions of the south and east, extending their reach into once more peaceful areas like Parwan.
 
Hard-won  women's rights in jeopardy?

Afghan women have won back basic rights in education, voting and work since the Taliban, who deemed them un-Islamic for women, were toppled by U.S.-backed Afghan forces in late 2001.

But fears are rising among Afghan women, some lawmakers and rights activists that such freedoms could be traded away as the Afghan government and the United States pursue talks with the Taliban to secure a peaceful end to the war.

Violence against women has increased sharply in the past year, according to Afghanistan's independent human rights commission. Activists say there is waning interest in women's rights on the part of President Hamid Karzai's government.
 
"After 10 years (of foreign intervention), and only a few kilometres from Kabul... how could this happen in front of all these people?" female lawmaker Fawzia Koofi said of the public execution in Parwan.
 
"This is happening under a government that claims to have made so much progress in women's rights, claims to have changed women's lives, and this is unacceptable. It is a huge step backwards," said Koofi, a campaigner for girls' education who wants to run in the 2014 presidential election.
 
Salangi said two Taliban commanders were sexually involved with the woman in Parwan, either through rape or romantically, and decided to torture her and then kill her to settle a dispute between the two of them.
 
"They are outlaws, murderers, and like savages they killed the woman," he said, adding that the Taliban exerted considerable sway in his province.
 
Earlier this week a 30-year-old woman and two of her children were beheaded in eastern Afghanistan by a man police said was her divorced husband, the latest of a string of so-called "honour killings".
 
Some Afghans still refer to Taliban courts for settling disputes, viewing government bodies as corrupt or unreliable. The courts use sharia (Islamic law), which prescribes punishm

July/08/2012

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abubakir nur

7/8/2012 9:46:13 PM

news articles like these are from western sources.propaganda is all we get from these news sources. lies and more lies ,and the longer and louder you repeat them people believe them.daily murders of afghan women ,men ,children by nato is never published.why ? they have lost the war a long time ago! these matters are best left to internal affairs by afghans themselves.when dozens of innocent victims have been injected and murdered by the american legal system there is no mention in international

rich bind

7/8/2012 6:09:06 PM

As the old hymm goes: "Give me some of that old time religion, give me that old time religion, . . its good enough for me." Folks its time to wake up, its the 21st century, religion is an excause for a small circle of insiders to control the rest of us, brake free.

Murat

7/8/2012 5:31:49 PM

There is no fast forward button for centuries of social development. We try to preserve the lifestyles of the wild Amazon tribes, why is this different? Somethings we will have to let alone maybe as cruel as it sounds, they will not modernize at the point of a gun.

The Lion

7/8/2012 4:57:11 PM

We'd have hundreds of thousands of articles like this if we dedicated one to each Afghan woman murdered (and sometimes raped) by US soldiers. Just a few months ago, they brushed aside the murder of 9 Afghan women.

john albay

7/8/2012 3:05:53 PM

well madame lier(clinton) said that Afganistan is a major and important alleid country so what can you expect from the afganistans when the USA water board people and kill them with drones! Bothe the taliban and the US goverment/obama are a disgrace to the world.
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