Taliban say no more extension to deadline for foreign troops to leave Afghanistan

Posted on August 23, 2021, 2:05 pm
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KABUL: Taliban Spokesman Suhail Shaheen told the BBC that if foreign forces continue to stay in Afghanistan beyond August 31st, the existing deadline, then the armed group will consider it a clear violation of previous understandings.

“Foreign forces should withdraw on the deadline they have announced earlier. Otherwise, it is a clear violation,” Shaheen told the BBC.

Shaheen further stated the Taliban’s reaction to such an extension would be a decision for the group’s leadership. Sources reveal that the situation may become much more violent against foreign nationals in Afghanistan should the foreign forces continue to stay beyond the deadline.

Earlier, it emerged that the UK’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson would urge US President, Joe Biden to extend the deadline for the withdrawal.

This comes as thousands of desperate Afghans try to flee the war-torn country since the Taliban took over Kabul.

Several people have died in Kabul Airport in attempts to leave Afghanistan.

The Taliban has said that Afghans who have proper documentation will be allowed to leave the country after the foreign forces withdraw on 31 August 2021.

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