Afghan Taliban warn of ‘consequences’ if US extends withdrawal deadline

The Taliban is not going to announce the make-up of its authorities till the United States completes its troop withdrawal, two sources within the motion instructed AFP on Monday.

“It has been decided that the formation of the government and cabinet will not be announced as long as a single US soldier is present in Afghanistan,” a Taliban supply stated, and this was confirmed by a second insider.

The Taliban additionally warned that there can be “consequences” if the United States and its allies lengthen the presence of troops in Afghanistan past subsequent week, as chaos continued to overwhelm Kabul airport.

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The speedy fall of the nation to the hardliners final weekend shocked Western nations, coming simply two weeks earlier than an August 31 deadline for all troops to totally withdraw from the nation.

To handle the chaotic airlifting of foreigners and Afghans — lots of whom fear reprisals for working with Western nations — hundreds of troopers have poured again into Afghanistan, with strain rising on Washington to increase the deadline.

But the Taliban, who’ve up to now sought to strike a extra reasonable tone, confirmed no willingness to compromise on the US pullout.

“If the US or UK were to seek additional time to continue evacuations — the answer is no. Or there would be consequences,” Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen instructed Sky News on Monday.

Staying past the agreed deadline can be “extending occupation”, he added.

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