Will resume attacks on foreign troops beyond May, Taliban warn US

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KABUL: Taliban have said the insurgent group would resume attacks on international forces if the US president-elect Joe Biden refused to withdraw NATO troops from Afghanistan by May 2021.


Two Taliban officials who wished to go unnamed, in an interview with BBC Pashto, hoped that Joe Biden would follow the withdrawal plan based on the US-Taliban agreement and continue troop pullout from Afghanistan.


“Even if one foreign soldier is left in Afghanistan beyond the date, Taliban will resume attacks on the occupying forces,” the sources said.


During his election campaigns, Biden had pledged to end the almost two-decade war in Afghanistan but had said that a small group of US soldiers would stay in that country to fight against terrorist groups.


Based on the US-Taliban agreement signed on February 29, the US and its allies should withdraw all their troops from Afghanistan by May 2021.