According to an in-depth study, Taliban members who left the mountains for desk jobs are struggling to adjust in the capital.
It has been less than 18 months since jubilant Taliban fighters swept back to power and overran Afghanistan’s capital, as Joe Biden withdrew his troops in a world-shaking retreat.
However, the thrill of seizing control of the war-torn country appears to have worn off for wailing militants, with many now missing the battlefield and bored with the 9-5 grind of running the impoverished nation.
After decades of war, the bloodthirsty fighters have spoken of their disdain for office life and are reminiscing about the Taliban’s past and their’restricted’ lives.
The Afghanistan Analysts Network discovered that bloodthirsty Taliban members who swapped the life of war and misery in the mountains for desk jobs were not adapting to the typical civilian lifestyle of office jobs and traffic.
Former soldier Abdul Nafi claimed to miss the war after realizing how day-to-day life works, complaining about spending his life on Twitter instead of roaming the country causing chaos and bloodshed. ‘I sometimes miss the jihad life for all the good things it had,’ said the 25-year-old ex-fighter.
‘There isn’t much work for me to do in our ministry. As a result, I spend the majority of my time on Twitter.
‘We have access to fast Wi-Fi. Many mujahedeen, including myself, have become addicted to the internet, particularly Twitter.’
‘What I dislike about Kabul is its traffic, and what I fear is its thieves,’ he added. After two of our comrades were robbed, I keep my pistol on me at all times.’
Despite sadistic militants imposing draconian rules that bar women from education and see people stoned, flogged, and amputated in public on a regular basis, the unconnected militants appear bored with civilisation.
Not ruining the lives of innocent people everyday seems to have hit Taliban commander Omar Mansurhard hard as heartless members now have to work for a wage instead of roaming the country to find their next victim.
The 32-year-old said: ‘We had a great degree of freedom about where to go, where to stay and whether to participate in the war.
‘These days, you have to go to the office before 8am and stay ’til 4pm.
‘If you don’t go, you’re considered absent, and [the wage for] that day is cut from your salary.’
After dropping the life of a soldier Mr Mansur, who was born in North Waziristan and grew up in the remote village of Yahya Kheyl about 150 miles southwest of Kabul, became a middle-ranking civil servant.
He claims he cannot afford to bring his wife and five children to the capital, because of high property rent.
The ex-commander said: ‘What I don’t like about Kabul is its ever-increasing traffic hold-ups.
‘Last year, it was tolerable but in the past few months, it’s become more and more congested.’
Mr Mansur was not the only killing machine to complain about the dull life of traffic and Twitter as ex-sniper Huzaifa reminisces about the freeing life of war and how bored he is of doing the same job every day.
The 24-year-old said: ‘The Taliban used to be free of restrictions but now we sit in one place, behind a desk and a computer 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
‘Life’s become so wearisome; you do the same things every day.
Like many ‘soldiers’ of the Taliban Huzaifa was brought up in a rural village and had not visited the capital previously.