Woman Publicly Executed by Taliban

    Afghan pedestrians walk through a market area in Kabul on May 31, 2012.  The war-torn country still faces poverty, unemployment and lack of infrastructure despite western aid money which has flooded Afghanistan in the 10 years since a US-led invasion toppled the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in the wake of the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington. Civilians are among the hardest hit as the Taliban wage an increasingly bloody insurgency against the government.  AFP PHOTO/Aref Karimi        (Photo credit should read Aref Karimi/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A woman was publicly executed in Kabul on Saturday, by a man reportedly affiliated with the Taliban. According to Afghan officials, the woman was shot dead in front of a crowd for committing adultery. In a video of the execution captured by Reuters, a kneeling woman is shot five times by a man wearing a turban as 150 or so men cheer. “Allah warns us not to get close to adultery because it’s the wrong way,” says a man who is not the shooter. “It is the order of Allah that she be executed.” The incident suggests just how much power the Taliban still has over the country, even near the capital.

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