Taliban wants to help fight climate change, terrorism, despite links to executions, oppression: reports
Fox Business Flash top headlines for August 25
Check out what’s clicking on FoxBusiness.com.
This is not your grandfather’s Taliban.
At least that’s what a senior official for the ruling militant organization in Afghanistan might have the world believe.
Abdul Qahar Balkhi, a member of the Taliban’s Cultural Commission, says the group wants to help fight climate change and global terrorism, according to Newsweek.
Whether the new initiatives were deliberately intended to counterbalance a negative public image created by the group’s links to civilian executions and denial of women’s rights remained unclear.
Since reasserting itself earlier this month, the group has also recruited children as soldiers, and the country’s former interior minister has claimed that innocent children are being murdered, The Daily Mail reported.
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESS
Balkhi said the Taliban’s attempt at a rebrand from its 1990s version was part of the group’s bid to establish credibility now that it has replaced the government of exiled President Ashraf Ghani, who fled to the United Arab Emirates earlier this month after President Biden’s withdrawal plan for U.S. troops led to the Taliban takeover of Kabul.