Afghanistan: All foreign troops must depart by deadline


The Taliban told the BBC that foreign troops left in Afghanistan after NATO’s September withdrawal deadline would be at risk as occupiers.

It is in the midst of reports that 1,000 predominantly US troops may remain on the ground to protect the diplomatic mission and Kabul’s international airport.

NATO’s 20-year military mission in the country is almost over.

However, domestic violence continues to increase, with the Taliban occupying more territory.

Concerns about Kabul’s future are rising as the Afghan army prepares to take charge of security alone.

A Taliban spokesman, Skhail Shaheen, said the military seizure of Kabul was “not a Taliban policy.”

However, speaking to the BBC from the office of a Qatar militant group, he said foreign troops, including military contractors, should not stay in the city after the withdrawal is complete.

“If they leave the army in opposition to the Doha Agreement, then it will be up to our leaders to decide how we proceed,” Shaheen told the BBC.

“We react and the final decision is left to our leadership,” he said.

He argued that diplomats, NGOs and other foreign civilians were not targeted by the Taliban and did not need continuous protection forces for them.

“We are against foreign troops, not diplomats, NGOs, workers, NGOs, embassies, this is what our people need. We do not pose a threat to them, “he said.

Shaheen described last week’s withdrawal from Bagram Airfield (formerly the largest US military base in Afghanistan) as a “historic moment.”

Under an agreement with the Taliban, the United States and its NATO allies withdraw all troops in exchange for militant promises not to allow al-Qaeda and other militant groups to operate in areas they control. Agreed to let.

President Joe Biden has set a deadline for the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops on September 11 (20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the U.S.), but reports say the withdrawal could be completed within a few days. There is sex.

The Afghan MP, who spoke on behalf of the Afghan government, said the withdrawal was irresponsible.

Parliamentarian Razwan Murad told the BBC that the government was ready for negotiations and a ceasefire, and the Taliban should prove they were committed to peace.

Armed men have declared support for Afghan troops near Kabul

Some armed men have promised to support Afghan troops to protect Kabul from the Taliban

Shaheen denied that militant groups played a role in the recent rise in violence.

He claimed that many districts fell into the Taliban through mediation after Afghan soldiers refused to fight.

On Sunday, the Taliban occupied another area in southern Kandahar. Radicals say they currently control about a quarter of the country’s nearly 400 districts.

A Taliban spokesman called the current government “Moriband” and the country “Islamic Emirate.” This suggests that the group envisions a theocratic basis for governing the country and is unlikely to agree with the Afghan government’s election demands.

Mr Shaheen said the negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government had not previously held elections.

US-led troops expelled the Taliban from power in Afghanistan in October 2001. The group contained Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaeda figures associated with the 9/11 attack in the United States.

President Biden said the withdrawal of the United States would be justified as US troops confirmed that Afghanistan could once again be a base for foreign jihadists to plot against the West.

Meanwhile, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani argues that the country’s security forces are capable of completely blocking rebels, but many say the withdrawal risks bringing the country back under Taliban control. Believe.

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