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The abandoned palace of Afghanistan's former vice president is now home to 150 Taliban fighters, NYT documentary shows

Added 09-11-21 09:14:01am EST - “Taliban fighters have moved into the palace of a US-allied Afghan warlord General Dostum, which has a swimming pool, gym, and game room.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “The abandoned palace of Afghanistan's former vice president is now home to 150 Taliban fighters, NYT documentary shows”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

More than 150 Taliban fighters have officially moved into the luxurious palace of a notorious US-allied Afghan militia leader, according to a newly released short documentary by The New York Times.

The mansion belonged to General Abdul Rashid Dostum, one of Afghanistan's most powerful warlords and former vice president, among the Taliban's most-feared enemies. He fled to Uzbekistan in early August before the Taliban entered Kabul, Reuters reported.

The documentary shows one Taliban fighter, Jawad Abuzar, giving a tour of the abandoned palace, which includes an indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, steam room, and games room.

As Abuzar shows different rooms in the house, he tells the Times: "This is my first time seeing this kind of place. Though I live in the city, I am seeing this kind of place for the first time. We have spent all our lives in the mountains and deserts."

Our politicians, rich people, and powerful people have built such houses by shedding people's blood," he added.

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