News ID: 315922
Published: 0322 GMT August 31, 2021

Afghanistan under neo-Taliban rule

Afghanistan under neo-Taliban rule
Taliban members walk in front of a military airplane a day after the US troops withdrawal from Hamid Karzai international airport in Kabul.

Here are the latest developments in Afghanistan following the second takeover of the country by the Taliban militant group on August 15:

At least seven Taliban forces killed in Panjshir fighting


Taliban forces clashed with resistance fighters in the Panjshir Valley north of the Afghan capital on Monday night, with at least seven Taliban forces killed, two members of the main anti-Taliban opposition group said on Tuesday, according to Reuters.



Since the fall of Kabul on August 15, the Panjshir has been the only province to hold out against the Taliban, although there has also been fighting in neighbouring Baghlan Province between Taliban and local militia forces.


UNSC adopts Afghanistan resolution, but no 'safe zone'


The UN Security Council adopted a resolution Monday requiring the Taliban to honor their commitment to let people freely leave Afghanistan, but the measure did not cite a "safe zone" mentioned by French President Emmanuel Macron, according to AFP.



The resolution – drafted by the United States, Britain and France – says the council expects the Taliban to allow a "safe, secure, and orderly departure from Afghanistan of Afghans and all foreign nationals."



China: US pullout proves failure of American practices


China said the US withdrawal from Afghanistan proves that America's arbitrary military interventions and imposition of its values on other countries are failed practices.



"The withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan indicates that arbitrary military intervention in other countries, as well as the policy of imposing their own values and social system on other states, are doomed to failure," China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a news briefing, Press TV reported.


EU says Afghanistan shows need for rapid reaction force


EU governments must push ahead with a European rapid reaction force to be better prepared for future crises such as in Afghanistan, the EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said.



In an interview with Italian paper Il Corriere della Sera, Borrell said the short-notice deployment of US troops to Afghanistan as security deteriorated showed the EU needed to accelerate efforts to build a common defense policy, according to Reuters.

“We need to draw lessons from this experience ... as Europeans we have not been able to send 6,000 soldiers around the Kabul airport to secure the area. The US has been, we haven’t,” he said.


Austin, Milley urged to resign over botched Afghan withdrawal


Dozens of retired generals and admirals are demanding that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley resign over the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, Daily Mail reported.



“The retired Flag Officers signing this letter are calling for the resignation and retirement of the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff based on negligence in performing their duties primarily involving events surrounding the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan,” 90 retired top-ranking military officials wrote in an open letter.


UK: Too early to decide how to work with Taliban against Daesh




A spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday it is too early to decide if, and how, the government will work with the Taliban on tackling the Daesh terrorist group in Afghanistan, Reuters reported.

The spokesman said this will partly depend on whether Taliban upholds pledges on issues such as respecting human rights.





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