Taliban Warn US Against Overstaying After the Withdrawal Deadline

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KABUL: Taliban consider any remaining US troops in Afghanistan after the September 11 deadline “occupiers”, said the Taliban spokesperson, Suhail Shaheen, in an interview with BBC at Qatar this Sunday. Shaheen said, “If they leave behind their forces against the Doha agreement, then, in that case, it will be the decision of our leadership how we proceed.”


 


Shaheen stated that no US troop, contractors involved, should remain in Afghanistan, warning the US that, “We would react, and the final decision is with our leadership.”


 


After the completed US withdrawal, around 1000 of its troops could remain in Afghanistan to secure the US embassy in Kabul and assist in securing the Hamid Karzai International Airport.


 


According to Shaheen, a military occupation of Kabul was “not a Taliban policy.”


 


The US has completed more than half of its troops’ withdrawal and is speculated to complete its withdrawal in the upcoming days, ahead of the September deadline.  


 


Many are concerned with the harrowing levels of violence across Afghanistan and the recent increase in the Taliban’s offenses.