9th July 2012
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A video of a woman being publicly executed, supposedly for adultery, sparked outrage in Afghanistan—and now President Hamid Karzai has ordered the arrest of the Taliban involved. Officials actually believe the woman was killed—shot nine times as a throng of people cheered—because two Taliban commanders both had a relationship with her and ended up fighting over her; the adultery charge, they believe, was simply an attempt by the Taliban to safe face.
The two commanders “faked a court to decide the fate of this woman and in one hour, they executed the woman,” a provincial governor tells CNN. But both commanders were then killed by a third commander, he claims. Karzai ordered today that everyone involved be arrested and punished, and the commander of NATO-led forces in Afghanistan has offered the help of NATO troops. The video has sparked concern over the 2014 NATO withdrawal and the consequences it has on women in the country.
The above link also includes a CNN video related to the story where it mentions that dozens of men sit on a hillside nearby watching it all happen and chanting “God is great”. It is unfortunate to say but these stories will likely not stop anytime in the near future as troops withdraw from Afghanistan.