Sunday, October 24, 2021

Taliban says US will face ‘consequences’ if drone activities continue in Afghanistan

The Taliban militant group on Wednesday called on the United States, among other countries, to halt its drone patrols over Afghan airspace or face “negative consequences”.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said: “US drones occupy sacred airspace in Afghanistan.” wrote on Twitter. “These violations must be corrected and stopped.”

He added, “We call on all countries, especially the United States, to act in the light of mutual commitments and commitments to Afghanistan … to prevent any negative consequences.”

Due to concerns by US officials over the resurgence of al-Qaeda and activities by the ISIS terrorist group in Afghanistan, the Biden administration has regularly stated that they will maintain over-the-horizon capabilities and monitor potential threats in the war-torn nation.

“We know that al-Qaeda has a presence, as well as ISIS, in Afghanistan, and we’ve talked about this for quite some time. We don’t believe it’s much, but we have the exact figure for you. No,” Defense Department press secretary John Kirby previously said.

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The Taliban has repeatedly said there is no evidence of ISIS or al-Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan, a claim just days after ISIS claimed responsibility for the bomb attacks in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

Since toppling the Western-backed government in Kabul last month, the Taliban has faced pressure from the international community to sever ties with al-Qaeda, the terrorist group behind the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States .

President Joe Biden said after the withdrawal of US troops in Afghanistan in August that the United States would continue to actively pursue terrorist groups such as ISIS-K in the country, which killed 13 US service members at Kabul’s airport last month. responsible for the murder.

We will continue the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan and other countries. We don’t have to fight a ground war to do this,” Biden said during his August 31 speech. “We have over-the-horizon capabilities, which means we can attack terrorists and targets without American boots on the ground, much less, if necessary.”

US officials were not immediately available to comment on the Taliban’s claims of a recent drone operation in Afghanistan.

from ntd news



This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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