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Blood-thirsty Taliban fighters executed 22 commandos in a public square after the soldiers were forced to surrender.

The recently surfaced video, which was originally shot on June 16, was recorded after a huge gunfight between Taliban and Afghan forces.

US-trained Afghan forces, sent to capture the town of Dawlat Abad, in northern Faryab province, had to surrender when it became clear they had no backup, the Daily Express reports.

Armed men are seen herding the surrenders soldiers into a public square, in footage shared with veterans network Funker530 last week.

Bystanders pleaded with the Taliban to not slaughter the men, CNN reports.

One terrified local said: "Don't shoot them, don't shoot them, I beg you don't shoot them."

But the terrorists ignored the pleas, shouting "Allahu Akbar" or "God is great" before blasting several rounds of bullets into the unarmed men.

Other footage shows piles of lifeless bodies scattered across the floor.

A Taliban commander is then heard telling soldiers to strip the dead men of all their equipment.

One witness who reportedly saw the incident told CNN: "The commandos were surrounded by the Taliban.

"Then they brought them into the middle of the street and shot them all."

The video was spread via an anonymous source following the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan after almost 20 years.

But the Taliban say the video is fake and claim the commandos are merely being held captive.

They have provided no evidence of this claim.

The news comes after claims from the extremist group that they control 80% of Afghanistan after fighting back rural areas from the control of the government.

US President Joe Biden has taken American troops out of the country, saying he has achieved all the US objectives.

"We went for two reasons," he said.

"One, to bring Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell, as I said at the time.

"The second reason was to eliminate Al Qaida’s capacity to deal with more attacks on the United States from that territory.

"We accomplished both of those objectives. Period."

Reports say almost 2,500 American military members have died in the troubled country and over 20,000 have been injured.

Biden added: "I will not send another generation of Americans to war in Afghanistan with no reasonable expectation of achieving a different outcome."

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