The Taliban has warned that any Foreign troops left in Afghanistan after Nato’s September withdrawal deadline will be at risk as occupiers.
It comes amid reports that 1,000 mainly us troops could remain on the ground to protect diplomatic missions and Kabul’s International Airport.
Under a deal with the militant group, the US and its Nato allies agreed to withdraw all troops in return for a commitment by the Taliban not to allow Al-Qaeda or any other extremist group to operate in the areas they control.
President Joe Biden set a deadline of 11 September – the 20-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the us – for American troops to fully withdraw, but reports suggest the pullout may be complete within days.
Taliban spokesman, Suhail Shaheen speaking from the group’s office in Qatar, said no foreign forces – including military contractors – should remain in the city after the withdrawal was complete.
Diplomats, NGOS and other foreign civilians would not be targeted by the Taliban, he insisted, and no ongoing protection force for them was needed.
Afghan government Spokesman, Razwan Murad said the government was ready for talks and a ceasefire and the Taliban should now prove that they were committed to peace.
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