- The Taliban issued a warning to the United States and the United Kingdom.
- A spokesman for the Taliban said they would not look favorably on the presence of Western troops in Afghanistan beyond the deadline.
- The Taliban abruptly seized control of Afghanistan.
They issue warning. The Taliban said they “will provoke a reaction” and threatened “consequences” if the United States or the United Kingdom do not leave Afghanistan by August 31 and decide to extend the deadline for the withdrawal of their troops, the newspaper Daily Mail reported this Monday.
US President Joe Biden wants all Americans to have left the country by the end of the month, although he admitted on Sunday night that an extension was being discussed and UK military sources said it would take another 15 days to evacuate everyone, the aforementioned outlet reported.
Taliban threaten US and UK
But the Taliban spokesman, dr. Suhail Shaheen said the group will not accept an extension of the deadline and warned of retaliation if Western forces extend their “occupation” as the group came to power dramatically.
Sihail told Sky News: “(The date) is a red line. President Biden announced that on August 31 they would withdraw all of their military forces. So if they extend it, it means that they are extending the occupation while there is no need for that. If the US or the UK were to seek more time to continue evacuations, the answer is no. Or there would be consequences. That will create mistrust between us. If they intend to continue the occupation, that will provoke a reaction. ”
Taliban spokesman says extending troop withdrawal “will provoke reaction”
According to the Daily Mail report, Biden appeared to delay extending the August 31 deadline last night, stating that the evacuation process will be “difficult and painful” and that there will be “discussions” about how long it will take.
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to pressure him and other leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) to delay the final withdrawal in a virtual call they would make on Tuesday, despite the fact that his minister of the The armed forces warned that Kabul will become a “war zone” if the West stays and ignores the Taliban’s demands.
Evacuation will be “difficult and painful,” Biden said
Biden said last night: “Let me be clear: the evacuation of thousands of people from Kabul will be difficult and painful. It doesn’t matter when that started, when we started. It would have been true if we had started a month ago, or a month from now. There is no way to evacuate so many people without the pain, loss, and heartbreaking images you see on television. It’s just a fact. ”
He mentioned that some 11,000 people were removed from Kabul in less than 36 hours, bringing the total to 33,000, and said defense officials “hope” they will not have to extend the evacuation operation.
While the Taliban control the territory, the US continues to evacuate its people and allies
However, in a ray of hope that an extension was still possible, Biden added: “I suspect there will be discussions about how far along we are in the process. Our first priority in Kabul is to get the American citizens out of the situation as quickly and safely as possible. Any American who wants to go home will go home. ”
According to the Daily Mail, Biden also said the US government is “looking to get our Afghan allies” out of the country, noting that citizens of NATO allies and Afghan allies were among the 11,000 people evacuated last weekend. of week.
The US maintains control of the airport in Kabul
He added that US forces had expanded the perimeter around the airport amid fears that terrorists could try to undermine the operation by targeting US or Afghan civilians.
The UK wants to double its number of Kabul airlifts to 12,000 this week, but Johnson agrees that the mission’s success depends on US troops maintaining control of Kabul airport, the Daily Mail noted.
One dead in Kabul in chaotic evacuations
The AP news agency reported that at least one Afghan soldier was killed Monday morning in a shootout outside the Kabul international airport, according to German authorities. This is a new incident amid the rocky Western efforts to evacuate people fleeing the Taliban.
The shots at the airport came as the Taliban sent fighters north to fight a rebellion against the insurgents, who conquered Afghanistan this month in a blitzkrieg offensive, the AP explained.
Taliban retaken three more districts
According to the aforementioned information agency, the Taliban said that it had retaken three districts captured by its rivals the previous day and that it had surrounded Panjshir, the last province outside its control.
Afghan security forces crumbled in the face of the Taliban advance despite 20 years of Western assistance, training and aid. Tens of thousands of Afghans have tried to flee the country since then fearing a return to the brutal regime imposed by the Taliban the last time they ruled Afghanistan.
Kabul airport shooting
That has sparked scenes of chaos at Kabul airport, the main route out of the country and where some Afghan soldiers are assisting Western evacuation efforts, the AP said.
The shooting Monday morning occurred near the airport’s north gate, the same spot where seven Afghan civilians were killed Saturday in a stampede by a panicked crowd. It was unclear who had shot or the circumstances of the shooting.
An Afghan military man died and three were injured
However, the German Army tweeted that a member of the Afghan security forces had been killed and three were injured by “unknown attackers.” He later clarified that he was referring to “members of the Afghan Army” who were involved in airport security. The US military and NATO did not mention the incident at first. The Taliban did not comment on it either, the AP explained.
The tragic scenes around the airport have shocked the world, after thousands of Afghans flocked to the scene last week. In the chaos, some people died after clinging to a US C-17 plane taking off on the runway. At least seven people died that day, in addition to the seven who died on Sunday, the aforementioned news agency recalled.
Taliban blame chaos on US Army
The Taliban blame the chaotic evacuation of the US Army and claim that the Afghans do not have to flee. They have vowed to bring peace and security after years of war and say they will not take revenge on those who worked with the United States, NATO and the overthrown Afghan government.
However, its fighters have violently suppressed protests and beaten people with truncheons in an attempt to control the crowds outside the airport perimeter. Taliban attacks on former enemies have been reported in recent days. It was not clear if the insurgent leaders said one thing and did another, or if the attacks were initiatives of the combatants, AP said. (A part of the text contains textual information from the AP news agency).
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