The tragedy engulfing the region has led some of us to accept, even glorify, the worst of options, the Taliban, dismissing the harm that will be done to Afghan women, children, Shiites and other minorities.
How did armed groups operating under the cover of the Popular Mobilization Forces manage to impose fear through a series of assassinations? Here is a detailed investigation into 2020 assassination of journalist Ahmed Abdel Samad.
“Everyone here is terrorized, including the security forces… I am a member of several WhatsApp groups with the loyalists, i.e. pro- Iran political parties and armed militias. I have personally witnessed the extent of incitement against activists engaged in local protest movements … ”