Taliban warns to leave US against new targets in the area

Taliban warns to leave US against new targets in the area

Islamabad: The Taliban on Wednesday warned the US military against establishing a hideout in the area, and Pakistan vowed that no US bases would be allowed in its territory.
Pakistan also said that drone strikes from Pakistani territory were also a non-starter.
The statement comes amid speculation that the United States withdraws the last of its 2,500–3,500 soldiers from Afghanistan, seeking a closer location from which to launch attacks against terrorist targets.
The warning also comes during efforts to initiate stalled peace talks between the government and the Taliban, possibly in Turkey.
Both Pakistan and the Middle Eastern state of Qatar are pressuring the Taliban to participate in talks in Turkey. The UN-sponsored talks were to take place in Turkey last month but the Taliban refused to participate.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told Pakistan’s Senate on Tuesday that the country would not allow US bases in its territory.
He said, “Forget the past, but I want to tell the Pakistanis that Prime Minister Imran Khan will not allow any American hideout as long as he is in power.”
Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Pakistan launched a four-way US-led coalition to assist in its efforts to hunt down al-Qaeda perpetrators of attacks in Afghanistan and to remove Taliban rulers who sheltered the Taliban. Airport opened.
In his April speech announcing the end of America’s “forever war”, President Joe Biden said that Washington would hold the Taliban and the government to their commitments to ensure that Afghanistan would again be repatriated to the American homeland or its Could not be used as a platform to attack allies.
Biden said, “We will not divert our eyes from the terrorist threat.”
“We will reorganize our counter-terrorism capabilities and substantial assets in the region to prevent the re-emergence of a terrorist threat to our motherland on the horizon.”
The US, with about 7,000 NATO forces, will leave Afghanistan by 11 September.
In a statement earlier this week, the US Central Command said it had completed about 25% of its withdrawal. The logistics of the withdrawal are tremendous and according to Centcom’s statement, the departing troops have already packed military equipment on 160 C-17 cargo planes and sent them back to the US.
In addition to airlifting its supplies, the United States is also carrying equipment from Afghanistan through Central Asia and Pakistan.
The Taliban in its statement warned against allowing neighboring countries to use their territory as a staging area for the US.
The statement said, “God forbid, such a step should be taken, it will be a big historical mistake and insult, its shame will go into history.” “As we have repeatedly assured others that our soil will not be used for anyone’s safety, we urge others not to use their soil and airspace against our country.”

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