Taliban to respond if US troops remain in Afghanistan after Sept 2021

Taliban to respond if US troops remain in Afghanistan after Sept 11 2021

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By Shabbir Hussain

ISLAMABAD, June 27, Diplomatic Star (DS): Taliban spokesman Sohail Shaheen has said that They (Taliban ) have reserve the right to respond if the United States maintains troops on Afghan soil after September this year in violation of the withdrawal agreement.

Taliban spokesman Sohail Shaheen said in an exclusive interview Al Jazeera that the Taliban reserved the right to respond if the United States retained troops in Afghanistan after the September 11, 2021 withdrawal date, contrary to the agreement.

He said that if the United States kept troops in Afghanistan, it would be a violation of the agreement aimed at ending the longest war in US history.

Last year, the Taliban and the United States reached an agreement under which the United States would withdraw all foreign troops from Afghanistan, and the new US president announced a military withdrawal by September 11 this year. ۔

The Taliban spokesman said: “We signed the Doha Agreement and negotiated with the United States for 18 months. They promised to ensure the withdrawal of all US forces, advisers and contractors from Afghanistan.”

He said that if the United States did not comply with this, it would be a clear violation of the agreement, their stay would mean that they would continue their occupation, if they violated our You will also have the right to respond.

On Thursday, US officials told the Associated Press that about 650 US troops remained in Afghanistan to protect diplomatic staff even after the withdrawal of US troops to end the 20-year-old war. Will

It may be recalled that US President Joe Biden had announced the complete withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan by April 11.

Since then, fighting between US-backed Afghan forces and the Taliban has escalated.

The Pentagon estimates that 81 of Afghanistan’s 419 districts are now under Taliban control.

More than half of US troops have withdrawn from Afghanistan and the process will be completed in the next few weeks.

It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.

In May, US intelligence analysts said in their review report that if the Taliban took power at the center, they would undo the gains and frequent reforms in the field of Afghan women’s rights.