The Taliban has warned Afghanistan’s neighbors against allowing the US to use their territory or airspace for any future military operations against the war-torn country.
The warning came in response to plans to reposition some US troops in the region to carry out counter-terrorism missions in Afghanistan once the US and the NATO are out from the country.
In a statement released on May 26, the Taliban called the plans a “grave historical mistake and a disgrace,” warning that it will not remain idle in the face of “such heinous and provocative acts”.
“As we have repeatedly assured others that our soil will not be used against the security of others, we are similarly urging others not to use their soil and airspace against our country. If such a step is taken, the responsibility for all the misfortunes and difficulties lies upon those who commit such mistakes,” the statement reads.
Last month, US President Joe Biden announced a plan to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11. According to a recent statement by the US Central Command, around 16 to 25 percent of the withdrawal process has been completed.
Violence in Afghanistan spiked after Biden’s announcement. The Taliban stepped up its attacks on government forces in several parts of the country.
On May 27, Sharifullah Fazli, the district governor of Kama and two of his security guards were wounded in a blast in the Behsud district of Nangarhar;
On May 27, Taliban warned Afghanistan’s neighboring countries of future consequences if US bases are allowed on their soil and said the Taliban will “not remain silent”;
On May 26, five people were killed in a Taliban attack on security forces in Qala-e-Naw of Badghis;
On May 26, Agha Mohammad, the commander of the security forces in Aqcha district, was assassinated by one of his bodyguards.
On May 27, the Afghan Ministry of Defense announced that 152 Taliban fighters were killed, 55 injured and three others were arrested during recent operations in the provinces of Laghman, Ghazni, Logar, Maidan Wardak, Zabul, Kandahar, Herat, Balkh, Jawzjan, Samangan, Helmand, Baghlan and Konduz.
The Taliban’s threat will further complicate the US future plans for Afghanistan, where a number of terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda, are still active.
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