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Taliban Militants Violently Disperse Rare Afghan Protest

Taliban members patrol under their flag in Herat, Afghanistan, on Aug. 18.

Taliban members patrol under their flag in Herat, Afghanistan, on Aug. 18.

Photographer: Mir Ahmad Firooz Mashoof/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
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Kabul, Afghanistan (AP) -- Taliban militants attacked protesters Wednesday in Afghanistan who dared to take down their banner and replace it with the country's flag, killing at least one person and fueling fears about how the insurgents would govern this fractious nation.

While the Taliban have insisted they will respect human rights, unlike during their previously draconian rule, the attack in Jalalabad came as many Afghans were hiding at home or trying to flee the country, fearful of abuses by the loosely controlled militant organization. Many people have expressed dread that the two-decade Western experiment to remake Afghanistan will not survive the resurgent Taliban, who took control of the country in a blitz that took just days.