As the American military completely pulled out from Afghanistan before the 9/11 deadline, in a BBC interview, the Taliban threatened that foreign militaries still in Afghanistan after the due date will be labeled as occupiers and also face difficulties and other consequences. Reports said that one thousand American and NATO soldiers will stay there to protect main installations as the militant group occupies the land across the nation.
Under an agreement that crashed in 2020, the militant group has decided to resist extremist groups such as al-Qaeda working in its land on account of Americans, and its NATO coalitions are completely pulling out their troops from the territory.
On Monday, in an interview with a news agency, BBC, a Taliban spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, described that any American and other foreign troop staying in the region would be breaking the Doha pact.
Suhail Shaheen added that the militant group Taliban would react to staying troops as occupiers, albeit described that the final verdict is with their leadership.
The declaration appears after a surge in violence as the militant group holds more land while foreign militaries pulled out and worries for the wellbeing of the diplomatic team working in the region.
Around 1000 troops would be staying in Afghanistan after deadline
While most of the American military members are to be pulled out ahead of Joe Biden’s 9/11 due date. Besides this, between 650-1000 are stated to be staying in the territory to protect the United States embassy and Kabul airport.
He further explained to BBC that it wasn’t militant group Taliban’s strategy to take Kabul by force and also it won’t pose any risk to foreign civilians, diplomats, and NGOs.
Joe Biden, American President, had decided to pull out all remaining American forces from the region by September 9. The removal of the troops marks a full stop to the long-running war in American history. The deadline is symbolic, as the conflict began after the Taliban’s rejection to hand over Osama bin Laden following the 9/11 attacks. Many of the forces are highly concerned about the fragile Afghan government.
Roya Rahmani, Afghanistan’s ambassador, said to the United States that she is especially concerned about women’s rights under Taliban rule.