Fear and anticipation on the streets of Kabul as Afghans adapt to Taliban rule | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

Fear and anticipation on the streets of Kabul as Afghans adapt to Taliban rule

The woman had never seen a Taliban fighter before. An artist and former social media influencer based here in the Afghan capital, she had spent most of her adult life in the city’s liberal circles. Taliban rule felt foreign and frightening.

The city’s swift fall to the militants this month was “terrifying,” she said, and she spent days locked inside her apartment. She feared a knock on the door and a swift death sentence.

When it didn’t come, she ventured downstairs. In place of the guards who ordinarily sat outside her building were Taliban fighters. She froze — but then said hello.

“I was shocked: They were respectful,” she said. They exchanged pleasantries. “It made me think: Maybe these people are not who we thought they were.”

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