With U.S. troops leaving and the Taliban advancing, the Hazara and other ethnic groups in Afghanistan are raising militias.
A rush to raise fighters and weapons evokes the mujahedeen wars of the 1990s, when rival militias killed thousands of civilians and left sections of Kabul in ruins.
Though the militias could fracture the unsteady government of President Ashraf Ghani, they may be the people’s last choice and eventually serve as the last line of defense. Security force bases and outposts have collapsed amid steady attacks by the Taliban.
Vulnerable groups: Most Hazaras are Shiite Muslims who have the most to fear from a Taliban return to power. The Taliban considers the Hazaras heretics and massacred thousands of them when it governed most of Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.
Courtesy – NYT