World Taliban announce hunt for ancient treasure
Once inmates, Taliban now in charge in a Kabul prison
KABUL (AP) — Once, Kabul’s main prison was crowded with thousands of Taliban captured and arrested by the government. On Monday, a Taliban commander strolled through its empty halls and cell blocks, showing his friends where he had once been imprisoned. It was a sign of the sudden and startling new order in Afghanistan after the militant group swept into the capital nearly a month ago and threw out the crumbling, U.S.-backed government it had fought for 20 years. The Taliban now run Pul-e-Charkhi Prison, a sprawling complex on Kabul’s eastern outskirts.
The are searching for a 2,000-year-old treasure called Bactrian gold.
The group rulingreportedly said that if the treasure had been taken out of the country, it would consider that action against the state.
The items comprising the Bactrian gold date back roughly two millenniums, RepublicWorld.com.
Many fear that if the Taliban are able to seize the items, they will destroy them in their attempt to cleanse the, culture, and people of Afghanistan.
The items, discovered by archaeologists in the graves of wealthy northern Afghan nomads in the 1970s, reportedly show a variety of Persian and Greek influence.
The Taliban are now trying to pose as moderates after years of terror tactics and taking the country in a final, brutal sweep
The Taliban is trying to publicly rebrand itself as prominent Afghan women have expressed concerns they'll be killed in the coming days. Along these lines, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres at a UN Security Council meeting on Monday said, "I call upon the Taliban and all parties to respect and protect international humanitarian law and the rights and freedoms of all persons. We are receiving chilling reports of severe restrictions on human rights throughout the country.
Chief among these is an ornate gold crown.
The crown stands five inches tall, was forged out of hammered gold, and is adorned with leaves and a golden mountain goat.
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