By Kaya 959 News Reporter
A CNN crew was threatened by Taliban fighters with AK-47s in Kabul. The footage shows Clarissa Ward, CNN’s chief international correspondent, walking down a street in Kabul with her crew, trailed by Taliban members.
This is after the group took over Afghanistan.
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Ward tells the camera, “these Taliban fighters are a little upset with us, so let’s keep going,” and notes that the crew decided to leave the area and go to their car.
In a voiceover, she points out how one fighter can be seen taking the safety off of his AK-47 as he pushes through the crowd.
She also tells the camera: “You can see that some of these Taliban fighters, they’re just hopped up on adrenaline, or I don’t know what. It’s a very dicey situation.”
“Suddenly, two other Taliban charge towards us,” Ward says in voiceover narration.
The camera footage is jerky and pointed at the ground as the CNN crew reacts.
“You can see their rifle butt, raised to strike producer Brent Swails,” Ward said. When the fighters are told we have permission to report, they lower their weapons and let us pass.”
This was the second time Ward described her team being threatened by Taliban fighters.