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A video showed the Afghan newsreader with the Taliban in the background beside him whilst he was reading the news. The video was shared on Twitter and gained over one million views.
In total eight Taliban militants are seen next to the anchor at the Afghan TV network Peace studio.
BBC’s Yalda Hakim tweeted a video clip of the news clip on Sunday writing: “Afghanistan TV – surreal.
“This is what a political debate now looks like on Afghan TV, Taliban foot soldiers watching over the host.
“The presenter talks about the collapse of the Ghani govt & says the Islamic Emirate says the Afghan people should not to be afraid #Afghanistan.”
According to WIO News, the presenter was seen reading the news and debating with the Taliban.
The video was recorded on Sunday during the last few days of US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
This follows the suicide bombing which targeted US soldiers and refugees near Kabul airport.
The attack killed 170 people including 13 US service members.
President Biden has pledged ISIS-K would be made to pay for the two suicide bomb attacks near Kabul airport on Thursday.
Speaking from the White House, Mr Biden vowed to “hunt down” the terrorists.
He said: “To those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wishes America harm, know this—we will not forgive.
“We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay. I will defend our interest in our people with every measure at my command.”
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He added: “We will not be deterred by terrorists. We will not let them stop our mission. We will continue the evacuation.”
ISIS-K claimed responsibility for the Kabul airport attack.
Since mass evacuations started on August 14, the US has helped to evacuate around 116,700 people from Afghanistan.
On Monday, five rockets were intercepted by U.S. missile defenses near Hamid Karzai International Airport.
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