Afghanistan: Taliban Rejects Delay In Withdrawal Of US Troops
The Taliban has strongly rejected the possibility of a delay in the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, saying “our fighters will never agree to any extension of the withdrawal of US troops.”
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an interview with Deutsche Welle: “Our fighters will never agree to any expansion.” He added: If we want to overcome the crisis, the best solution is to implement the agreement that has been signed. ”
In early 2020, the United States promised to withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan by May 1, 2021. In return, Taliban fighters promised to start peace talks with the Afghan government.
Observers allege that the Taliban are also violating other promises made under the agreement. The Taliban, for example, is said to have continued to co-operate with other terrorist groups, and the level of violence in the country has risen sharply.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday that NATO countries would continue their mission in Afghanistan until further notice.
The Taliban want a diplomatic solution to the current situation in Afghanistan but have threatened serious consequences if any agreement is violated.
Zabihullah Mujahid said, “God willing, if the agreement is violated, the people of Afghanistan will defend themselves, as they have done for the last twenty years.”
A Taliban spokesman, however, said any decision would be made in May, even if international forces remain in the country. “If the diplomatic route is closed, there will be no choice but to go to war,” he said.
Afghan talks have been stalled for weeks. Mujahid said that one of the reasons for this was that there was an ongoing consultation between his group.
“We are not separated from the talks and we want to continue the talks,” he said.
The Biden administration has also hinted at a review of the peace deal with the Taliban. In this situation, Russia has once again become active.
The recent rocket attacks on the civilian population in the Bajaur district on the Afghan border and the attack on a security check post in the Makin area of South Waziristan have caused a wave of concern among local residents.
The Afghan Taliban has warned the Western defence alliance, NATO, against a possible delay in the planned withdrawal of troops from the Hindu Kush state. The Taliban has said any such delay would be seen as a “continuation of the war” by NATO.
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