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Taliban-style security welcomed by some, feared by others

Taliban fighters patrol a neighborhood in search for a man accused in a stabbing incident, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. The Taliban are promising a return of some of their harsh punishments that made them notorious. That has many Afghans afraid, but some also say they are giving the Taliban a chance if it means greater stability and fewer corrupt officials reaching into their pockets. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans lining up recently to make complaints at a Taliban-run police station found something new. The police did not demand bribes.

That’s a stark contrast to the ousted, U.S.-led government, under which corruption was rampant at every level.

The Taliban are promising a return of some of their harsh punishments that made them notorious. That has many Afghans afraid.

But some of them also say they are giving the Taliban a chance if it means greater stability and fewer corrupt officials reaching into their pockets.

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