The people in the district had just spent two years under Islamic State terror and complained that the extremists had raped and enslaved women and killed men and sometimes children who were suspected of supporting either the government or the Taliban  In a video posted on Facebook on August 11, an insurgent attempted to interview a villager who returned from exile after fleeing the Islamic State. The fighter was part of a group of AK-47 fighters who had strapped themselves over their chests, riding motorcycles through the heavily damaged village of Sar Dara and filming off their wheels to show the devastation of recent battles.
Asked the Insurgent
"Did you seek refuge because of the Islamic state?"
"Yes, we went into the desert."  "Now the Islamic Emirate came here and they conquered the area," said the militant Taliban, referring to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as the group calls its own government. "Are you happy with the Islamic Emirate?"  "Yes, we are happy," said Noruddin.
"Did they oppress you?"
"No, none of them oppressed us."
"None of the mujahedin?"
"No. "No," said a very relieved-looking Noruddin when the interrogation ended.
Bilchiragh, Faryab province, which fell on Saturday night, was at least the fifth district captured by the Taliban since its attack on the city of Ghazni to become the other four in the Prov inz Ghazni fell last week.