KABUL: The Taliban have been warned by the top US military commander in Afghanistan against targeting foreign troops currently deployed in Afghanistan.
In a Twitter video, Gen. Scott Miller, commander of the US forces in Afghanistan and NATO’s Resolute Support Mission, said that it would be a mistake (on the Taliban’s part) to target foreign forces in Afghanistan.
“Make no mistake; we have the military means to respond forcefully to any type of attacks against the coalition and the military means to support the (Afghan) security forces,” he said.
Prior to the expiration of the May 1 deadline for foreign troops to withdraw in accordance with the 2020 peace treaty between the US and the Taliban, the Taliban said they would target foreign troops.
Gen. Scott Miller alerted the insurgents shortly after an assault on an airfield in southern Kandahar province.
On Saturday, when the deadline for foreign forces to leave Kabul ended, security was beefed up around the city in anticipation of an insurgent backlash.
Meanwhile, attempts are being made to persuade the Taliban to resume talks with the Afghan government and accept an extension of presence of foreign troops.