After coming to power in Afghanistan, the Taliban vowed to crack down on widespread drug addiction in the country.
The militant group has been conducting raids in Kabul to find and detain homeless men, often living under bridges, addicted to locally produced heroin and methamphetamine.
The Associated Press captured astonishing photos of one raid from earlier this week, where nearly 150 heroin addicts were rounded up, beaten, and forced into a rehab treatment center.
Homeless heroin users were rounded up by Taliban fighters and taken to the Avicenna Medical Hospital for Drug Treatment on the outskirts of Kabul.
The hospital was once Camp Phoenix, a military base established by the US army in 2003, but is now a drug treatment center that can accommodate 1,000 people. (Read more from “Homeless Heroin Addicts in Afghanistan Rounded up and Forced Into Rehab by the Taliban” HERE)