Greenhouse courtyard, swimming pool: inside the palace of Afghan warlord Dostum, now captured by the Taliban | World news

Afghan warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum, who also served as vice president before Amrullah Saleh had a mansion in Kabul. After fleeing to an unknown location a few days after promising the mobilization of the army to Ashraf Ghani, the mansion has now been taken over by the Taliban and the AFP news agency has visited the interior of the lavish mansion which is currently occupied. by Qari Salahuddin Ayoubi, one of the most powerful commanders of the current Taliban regime. He seized the mansion on August 15, the day Kabul fell. Dostum reportedly fled the country when his province fell to the Taliban in early August.

Ayoubi and his men are careful not to get used to such luxury. “Islam never wants us to have a luxurious life,” Ayoubi said, adding that luxury only comes to heaven after death.

The villa has signs of opulence scattered throughout – over the huge chandeliers, lobbies, living rooms, the turquoise-tiled indoor pool, a tropical greenhouse that spans several hundred square meters, a sauna, steam room, and a fully equipped gym.

According to current residents of the mansion, the extravagance shows the corruption of former Afghan politicians. Ayoubi told AFP he didn’t want luxury or revenge.

Taliban fighters look at an aquarium inside Dostum's house (AFP)
Taliban fighters look at an aquarium inside Dostum’s house (AFP)
Taliban fighters have lunch at the home of Afghan warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum in Sherpur (AFP)
Taliban fighters eat lunch at the home of Afghan warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum in Sherpur (AFP)
Taliban fighters take a selfie in Kabul's Dostum mansion (AFP)
Taliban fighters take a selfie in Kabul’s Dostum mansion (AFP)

Afghan warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum, who also served as vice president before Amrullah Saleh had a mansion in Kabul. After fleeing to an unknown location a few days after promising the mobilization of the army to Ashraf Ghani, the mansion has now been taken over by the Taliban and the AFP news agency has visited the sumptuous mansion currently occupied by Qari Salahuddin Ayoubi, one of the most powerful commanders in the current Taliban regime. He seized the mansion on August 15, the day Kabul fell. Dostum reportedly fled the country when his province fell to the Taliban in early August.

Ayoubi and his men are careful not to get used to such luxury. “Islam never wants us to have a luxurious life,” Ayoubi said, adding that luxury only comes to heaven after death.

The villa has signs of opulence scattered throughout – over the huge chandeliers, lobbies, living rooms, the turquoise-tiled indoor pool, a tropical greenhouse that spans several hundred square meters, a sauna, steam room, and a fully equipped gym.

According to current residents of the mansion, the extravagance shows the corruption of former Afghan politicians. Ayoubi told AFP he didn’t want luxury or revenge.

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Where is Dostum?

The controversial 67-year-old figure was in the Afghan government until 2020 as vice president. According to reports, he fled to Uzbekistan after the fall of his province, although the Northern Resistance Front claimed to have its support.

In 2001, Dostum was accused of killing more than 2,000 fighters – locking many in containers in the middle of the desert where they suffocated under a scorching sun, according to reports.

Dostum had been in Turkey for months when the Taliban offensive began in the country. It was believed that he was undergoing medical treatment. By ethnicity, Dostum is Uzbek and hails from the northern province of Jawzjan in Afghanistan. He returned to the country in August from Turkey as his province faltered in the face of the Taliban. But he could not save his province.

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