Taliban fighters have been reported going door-to-door rounding up young girls and forcing them into marriage and sex slavery. Unmarried women and girls as young as 12 are gathered and divided up among the soldiers who will take them for brides as part of their “spoils of war”.

According to News.com.au local leaders in Afghanistan were asked to provide a list of females aged 12 to 45 last month with fighters going door-to-door looking through wardrobes of families to establish the ages of girls. The women are said to have been promised to Taliban fighters as wives and will be transported to Vaziristan, Pakistan, where they will be converted to Islam and reintegrated.

A letter reportedly from the Taliban’s Cultural Commision reads, "All imams and mullahs in captured areas should provide the Taliban with a list of girls above 15 and widows under 45 to be married to Taliban fighters.”

However, Bloomberg, columnist Ruth Pollard said this has now extended to girls as young as 12. "Now the Taliban are going door-to-door in some areas, compiling lists of women and girls aged between 12 and 45 years for their fighters to forcibly marry," he wrote.

Women are no longer allowed to leave their homes without a male escort and with most of the schools destroyed they can only attend school if the teacher is female. Wearing of the hijab will now be compulsory as well.

The recent terrifying movements are said to signal the start of return of the harsh Sharia law in the region with the Taliban warning that anyone caught breaking the rules will be “seriously dealt with”. Taliban fighters are permitted to do such acts under their strict interpretation of Islam, which views women as “kaniz” or “commodities”.

Terrified women are now fleeing the country as fathers and mothers expressed their fears of having their daughters taken away by the Taliban. A 22-year-old female journalist has fled a city in northern Afghanistan saying she has gone into hiding with her uncle for fear of getting executed by the Islam extremists. She relayed having disguised herself beneath a burqa and fleeing to a nearby village.

They were forced to leave after locals tipped off the Taliban of their presence, citing that everyone in the village would be slaughtered if fighters arrived and found them. The duo fled on foot to an even-more remote location where the woman has had no contact with her parents with all telephone lines in the city being cut.

The Jihadist group continues to seize cities with recent reports suggesting they have captured more than half of Afghan territory as American and British troops withdraw their forces from the region. Locals have fled cities captured by the Taliban as the group hunts down individuals linked to the government and are executed or beheaded.

The Taliban has now captured nine of Afghanistan's 34 provincial capitals. Most of the country’s largest cities are under siege with the city of Mazar-i-Sharif being the next in line. The country’s president is scheduled to rally the troops and confer with local anti-Taliban warlords to plan the city’s defense. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani recently sacked his top military commander, Gen. Wali Ahmadzai after a series of battlefield defeats has left the Afghan army in bits and pieces.

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In this picture taken on August 9, 2021, Taliban fighters stand along a road in the northern city of Kunduz that was captured by the Taliban over the weekend as residents said shops had begun to reopen in the centre as insurgents focused their attention on government forces who had retreated to the airport. Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images

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