Taliban rejected Turkey’s offer to secure the airport saying the responsibility is theirs

Kabul airport
Kabul airport in a 2013 photo. (Masoud Akbari/Panoramio via Wikimedia Commons)

The Media Line reported that the Taliban rejected Turkey’s offer to secure and run the airport in Kabul after the withdrawal of US and allied troops from Afghanistan, scheduled to be complete by September 11. Taliban 

“Every inch of Afghan soil, its airports and security of foreign embassies and diplomatic offices is the responsibility of the Afghans, consequently no one should hold out hope of keeping military or security presence in our country,” The Media Line reported, citing the Taliban in a weekend statement.

However, a Taliban spokesman told Reuters that he hopes Afghanistan will have “close and good relations” with Turkey in the future, after “a new Islamic government is established in the country.” Taliban 

The US and other countries that plan to maintain diplomatic and missions in the country are hesitant to do so without the presence of Turkish troops to protect the airport necessary of the diplomatic and humanitarian workers who need to leave the country due to fighting or unrest. It has been 20 years since the US and allied forces invaded Afghanistan in an attempt to topple the Taliban.

It is worth noting that the Taliban is an Islamist movement and military organisation in Afghanistan, emerged in 1994 as one of the prominent factions in the Afghan Civil War, and refer to themselves as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

From 1996 to 2001, the Taliban held power over roughly three quarters of Afghanistan, and enforced a strict interpretation of Sharia, or Islamic law.

The Taliban, currently waging war within that country, have been condemned internationally for the harsh enforcement of their interpretation of Islamic Sharia law, which has resulted in the brutal treatment of Afghans. Taliban 

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Source: themedialine
Image source: Masoud Akbari/Panoramio via Wikimedia Commons/themedialine