Taliban Warns Turkey Against Overstaying

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KABUL: The Taliban warned Turkey against overstaying the September 11 deadline, calling it a violation of sovereignty in a statement on Monday.


 


This follows Turkey’s announcement of providing security for the Kabul airport beyond the full withdrawal of U.S forces from Afghanistan. 


 


“The decision … is ill-advised, a violation of our sovereignty and territorial integrity and against our national interests,” reads the Taliban statement. “We consider the stay of foreign forces in our homeland by any country under whatever pretext as occupation.”


 


In recent months, Pakistani-Taliban has stepped up their military campaign across Afghanistan, in a bid to overrun the U.S.-backed Afghan government. 


 


As the air-power capabilities of Afghan security forces have significantly declined due to the U.S. troops withdrawal, the Taliban militants are now able to overrun many districts, mostly in the north of Afghanistan. 


 


“Now that the fighting from mountains and deserts has reached the doors of the cities, Mujahidin don’t want fighting inside the city,” asked a senior Taliban leader Amir Khan Muttaqi, in a recent audio message, released by the militant group.


 


Mutaqi called on the government to surrender the cities without a fight. 


 


Nevertheless, the government vows to launch a counter-offensive and push back the Taliban from the outskirts of urban centers. 


 


The current war has caused the Afghan nation mass distress, and among many, there is little hope for the future.