Warning from the Taliban to the USA that will set the agenda! If Biden Wants to Postpone the Withdrawal Date, There Will Be Consequences!
The Taliban, which took control of Afghanistan, issued a stern warning about the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country.
Speaking to the UK-based news channel Sky News in Doha, the capital of Qatar, in an interview published today, Taliban spokesman Suhayl Şahin said that extending the withdrawal date beyond August 31 would have "results". Saying, "This is our red line," Şahin said:
If the US or UK requests additional time to evacuate, our answer will be no. This may also have consequences. Procrastination creates suspicion between the two parties. If they intend to continue the occupation, there will be backlash.
Şahin also suggested that those who want to flee Afghanistan act not out of fear, but out of financial concerns:
I can assure you it's not about worrying or being afraid. The fact that these people want to go to Western countries is a kind of economy-based migration. Because Afghanistan is a poor country and 70 percent of the people live below the poverty line. In other words, everyone wants to settle in Western countries for a prosperous life. This has nothing to do with being afraid.
Şahin claimed that the allegations that Taliban militants went door-to-door looking for employees of the Ashraf Ghani government and the army and that girls' schools were closed in some provinces were false:
This is all fake news. I can assure you that there are many unsubstantiated claims made by our competitors.
A spokesperson for the Taliban made the following statement about the future of women's rights in the country:
Women will not lose anything. However, if they don't wear a headscarf, they will wear a headscarf. The female teachers got back to work and lost nothing. Women journalists kept their jobs and lost nothing.
Şahin answered Sky News reporter Sally Lockwood's question whether the Taliban had a message to the families of foreign soldiers who lost their lives in Afghanistan as follows:
They invaded our country. What would you say to me if we invaded your country? What would you say if I came to your country and killed your people? I think all human beings have suffered enough. Spilled blood, destruction and everything… But now we say that the past is the past. The past is part of our history. Now we want to focus on the future.
Gunshots Raised at Kabul Airport!
On the other hand, gunshots were heard this morning at Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport, where those who want to leave the country gather. Unidentified people clashed with Afghan guards and Western security forces at the northern gate of the airport. In the clash announced by the German army, an Afghan bodyguard was killed and three people were injured.