On August 31, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan refused to call the Taliban an enemy of the United States during an appearance on MSNBC.
Sullivan appeared on exhibit Just a few days after the U.S. forces finally withdrew from Afghanistan, after the leaders of the Afghan government supported by the United States fled the country, the Taliban had taken control of the capital.
When a reporter asked about the relationship between the United States and the Taliban after taking over Kabul and whether they were considered “enemies, adversaries or enemies,” Sullivan said he was not sure how to define the relationship with terrorist organizations.
“Well, it’s difficult to label it, partly because we haven’t seen what they control now—the actual control over Afghanistan,” Sullivan said.
“They will announce a government in the next few days. The government will seek diplomatic contacts and even the recognition of other countries, including the United States. In fact, a Taliban spokesperson said today that he is seeking positive relations on behalf of the Taliban. Especially the relationship with the United States.”
Sullivan went on to add that although the Taliban are not “good people,” the government hopes that it can work with them to make the evacuation of the country’s remaining American citizens and allies go smoothly.
“We must not only establish a positive relationship with the Taliban. They will have to get everything from the international community through actions rather than words,” Sullivan said.
“This started with the safe passage of Americans and their Afghan allies. This also includes their fulfillment of their anti-terrorism commitments, including that Afghanistan can no longer be used as a base for attacking the United States or our allies.”
On Monday, the Pentagon announced that the last group of U.S. troops had left Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai International Airport a few hours before dawn, marking the end of the longest U.S. war and putting the country in a state of uncertainty. The Taliban controlled most of it. area. nation.
Anti-Taliban fighters gathered in the Panjshir Valley north of Kabul, vowing that if the terrorist organization does not agree to negotiate the formation of a representative government that is not bound by Islamic law, they will boycott Taliban rule.
A spokesperson for the Resistance said that seven or eight Taliban fighters were killed in the clash at the mouth of the valley on Monday. It is believed that thousands of anti-Taliban fighters gathered with resistance leader Ahmed Masood, the son of Afghan resistance fighter Ahmed Shah Masood who fought with the Soviet army during the invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s.
Afghanistan’s first vice president, Amrullah Saleh, is seeking support under the constitution as the country’s acting president, and he is also gathering with Masood and other like-minded government figures in the Panjshir Valley.
US officials, including General Frank Mackenzie, the commander of the Central Command, admitted this week that “hundreds” of Americans seeking to evacuate have stayed in the country.
“This departure is heartbreaking. We did not let everyone we want to leave,” Mackenzie said, adding that it was a “difficult situation.”
Although the Taliban vowed that they will manage the country more gently than when they last took power 20 years ago, Afghans and the international community are skeptical of this claim in reports of executions, arrests, detentions, and threats.
An evacuee, Fawad, a doctoral scholar who worked for the government before the Taliban took over, told The Epoch Times that the organization is gaining control of Kabul through threats and coercion.
Fawad claimed that shortly after he managed to escape from his home with his son and wife on August 24, the terrorist organization found his address and conducted an interview to find him.
The former government official said he knew three other Afghans — one of whom held a senior position in the Afghan media — who had been detained and tortured by the Taliban for three days.
At the same time, a leaked report from a non-profit organization Rhino The Norwegian Global Analysis Center, which provides intelligence to the United Nations, seems to support the Taliban’s claims of violent retaliation against its opponents.
According to the report, the Taliban terrorist organization is conducting a highly organized door-to-door search of people on the wanted list, threatening to kill or harm their relatives if they do not surrender.
The U.S. State Department has not yet included the Taliban on its list Terrorist organization, And its allies Haqqani Network, Al-Qaida and its Pakistani cousin, the Pakistani Taliban, have been identified as terrorists.
Isabel van Brugen contributed to this report.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times