Within the secret CIA of Kabul base, it was burned and quickly abandoned | Afghanistan

Tthe cars, trucks and military vehicles that the CIA used to fight its shadow war in Afghanistan were more established and burned than known before the Americans left. Beneath their gray-gray ashes, the pools of molten metal had become as strong as ever-burning poles as the fire cooled.

The fake Afghan village where they trained the armed forces in connection with some of the human rights abuses of the war had been reduced to itself. Only a tall concrete wall was hung over the piles of dried mud and wood, which was once used to practice nightlife most often looted in private homes.

A huge arsenal exploded. Many methods of killing and maiming people, from rifles to grenades, mud to heavy artillery, were placed in three long rows of two high-carrying vessels, reduced to shards of twisted metal. An explosion from a large battle, which came shortly after a blood bomb at Kabul airport, shook and terrified the capital.

All formed part of the CIA compound that for twenty years was a dark, secretive American heart of the “terror war”, an area that was one of the worst atrocities to wipe out work in Afghanistan that would grow.

The massive mountain range, spread over two miles northeast of the airport, became famous at first in the fight against torture and murder in its “Salt Pit” prison, inscribed with the name Cobalt and the CIA. The men kept there called it a “dark prison”, because there were no lights in their cells, the only occasional light coming from the headlights of their guards.

The Taliban have selected troops depicting journalists surrounding the abandoned compound.
The Taliban have selected troops depicting journalists surrounding the abandoned compound. Photo: Emma Graham-Harrison / The Observer

It was here that Gul Rahman died of hypothermia in 2002 after being chained to a half-naked wall and left overnight in the heat of the winter. His death led to the first set of CIA guidelines for interrogation under the new torture regime, published in a 2014 report which found that harassment did not provide useful intelligence.

The 20-year-old secret is very secretive, visible only on satellite sites, powered by survivors’ testimony. Then special forces of the Taliban invaded and, most recently, opened the secret place of journalists.

“We want to show how they wasted all these things that could have been used to rebuild our country,” said Mullah Hassanain, head of the Taliban 313 leadership team, who led a visit to destroyed and burned computers, “burn pits” and burned cars, buses and military equipment.

The Taliban have selected troops including militants who have recently passed through Kabul celebrating the capture of the capital. Cars have been counted with their official “suicide squadron” logo escorting journalists around the former CIA base.

It was a horrible unimaginable juxtaposition of brutal and brutal forces on all sides of this war, a reminder of the suffering brought on civilians and all fighters in the name of the highest ideals, for decades.

“The martyrs who were responsible for the invasion of the colonial powers and the regime. “And wherever there is a need. Whenever there is a need, they will respond. They are always ready to give our country and the protection of our people.”

They planned to use the CIA base for their military training, Hassanain said, so a brief look at the compound could be the first and last time the media is allowed to enter.

The narrow mountainous area near Kabul airport has become famous for its Salt Pit prison.
The narrow mountainous area near Kabul airport has become famous for its Salt Pit prison. Photo: Emma Graham-Harrison / The Observer

The men guarding it had already transformed it into a tunnel — covering the former Afghan National Directorate of Security, which the spy agency once used to hunt down.

Local groups operating here, housed in barracks near the site of the former Salt Pit prison, which included some of the country’s most dangerous, have been indicted on charges of torture, including the brutal killing of children and civilians. The barracks had been abandoned so quickly that the men living in the area had left the food in the middle, and the barracks was filled with items spilled from the drawn keys, illuminated with distraction.

Mostly they had taken or destroyed anything with names, or colors, but there were ten pieces, and one book was filled with handwritten notes from weeks of training.

Nearby, the site of the Salt Pit jail had been found to have been crushed a few months ago. A New York Times satellite surveys revealed that, since the spring, clusters of buildings within this part of the CIA compound have been collected.

Taliban officials said they had no information about the Pit Pit, or what happened to the former prison. Rahman’s family is still searching for his body, which has not been returned to them.

Other forms of torture listed at the site included “rectal feeding”, imprisoning inmates at bars, and depriving inmates “lucky” toilets, leaving them naked or wearing adult diapers.

Construction materials were left at the site, with half-slab concrete slabs poured. The next house, the building that had been fortified with high gates and furnishings had been set on fire, the inside of which had been completely destroyed and reduced to ashes as foreign cars.

Destroying unstable equipment below would have been difficult, and there was evidence of several hot pits where everything from medical kits and guidebooks were set on fire, as well as large pieces of equipment.

Taliban officials have jumped at the chance to expel journalists from areas that have not been officially cleared. They had found several bombs in the garbage of the camp, Hassanain said, and were worried that there might be more.

For days, helicopters cut hundreds of people from the base to the inside of the airport, where the violent men 01 – knowing they were likely to be a revenge force – helped keep the pimeter in return at the last hour, under contract. struck by U.S.

Unquestionably nearby was a living room with snooker, ping-pong, arrows and a football table collecting dust. A box in the corner holding a head teaser puzzle. It was strange what the Taliban, who had been so strict that they even banned chess, would do with the traps of the western army last time.

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