Taliban threatens to retaliate against the US
Gealena – Taliban threatens to retaliate against the US. On Friday, the Taliban warned the United States not to violate a May 1 deadline for the withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan.
The Taliban issued their warnings at a press conference in Moscow, a day after meeting senior Afghan government negotiators and international observers to try to start a stalled peace process to end decades of war in Afghanistan.
Earlier US President Joe Biden said his party was reviewing the agreement the Taliban signed with the administration of former President Donald Trump. On Wednesday, in an interview on ABC television, Biden said the May 1 deadline “is possible, but difficult”, adding that if the deadline is extended it is likely to be even longer.
Taliban threatens to retaliate against the US. “They have to leave,” a member of the Taliban’s negotiating team, Suhail Shaheen, told reporters, warning that staying in Afghanistan beyond May 1 would violate the agreement.
“After that, it would be a violation of the agreement. The violation will not be from our side. Their violations will receive retribution, ”he continued, quoted from Al Jazeera, Sunday (21/3).
He did not specify what form of “retaliation” would be taken, but under the agreement, the Taliban did not attack US or NATO forces.
“We hope this will not happen, they step back and we are focused on settling, the peaceful settlement of the Afghanistan problem, to bring about a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire at the end of achieving the political road map (for) Afghanistan,” he explained.
The Taliban has also opposed requests from countries that say Afghanistan should not return to being an Islamic state.
On Thursday, the US, Russia, China, and Pakistan in a joint statement said they did not support a return to Islamic governance.
On Friday, the Taliban’s political spokesman, Mohammad Naeem, told media in Moscow, saying it was up to Afghanistan to decide their system of government and the government must implement the Islamic system.
“What is stated in the declaration is against all principles and cannot be accepted,” he said.
Shaheen also said the Taliban were firm on their demand for Islamic rule. He did not elaborate on what Islamic rule would be like, or whether that meant a return to repressive rules that deny girls’ education, prohibit women from working and impose harsh punishments.
Shaheen did not say whether the Taliban would accept the electoral system, but he stressed President Ashraf Ghani’s government did not fit their definition of Islamic rule.
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In an earlier statement, the Taliban said its vision of an Islamic government would allow girls to attend school, and women to work or be in public life. But in every conversation, they stressed the need to follow Islamic orders without explaining their meaning.
The Taliban say they will not accept women as presidents, and while women can serve as judges, they cannot take over as chairman of the court.
Meanwhile, the Taliban refused to promise they would not launch a spring offensive despite calls from the US, Russia, and China.
Taliban threatens to retaliate against the US. “I started ‘jihad’ to remove foreign troops from my country and establish an Islamic government, and jihad will continue until we achieve that goal through a political agreement,” said Khairullah Khairkhwa, a member of the negotiating team, who is one of five Taliban freed from a US prison at Guantanamo Bay in 2013 in exchange for the release of a captured US soldier.