EXCLUSIVE As U.S. prepared exit, Taliban protected foreign bases, but killed Afghans
The Taliban rebels have, over a year in classified annex of a Deal for the removal of all US troops before 1, 3 Western officials with an understanding of the arrangement, secured Western military bases in Afghanistan from assaults by rivals and other Islamistic rogues to Reuters.
Reuters did not immediately react to the presence of any such paper by the U.S. State Department. Neither did it immediately comment on the “talibans security ring” that the three officials identified.
Since the U.S. reached an agreement in February 2020 with the Taliban that paved the way for America to conclude its longest conflict, there has been no fighting casualties and only isolated assaults on the U.S. foundation.
Instead, Taliban assaults have escalated and civilian deaths have spiralled on Afghan security troops.
The peace talks between rebels and government, which began in September, have made no substantial advancement, and the United Nations study states that civil casualties in the last three months of 2020 increased by 45 percent compared to the previous year.
U.S. President Joe Biden, in testing Taliban resolve, notified us that the US withdrawal will override the deadline for 1 May negotiated by the former U.N. government, while assuring it would end on 11 Sept – the 20th anniversary of the al Qaeda U.S. attacks.
When Saturday’s deadline passes, about 2,000 U.S. soldiers already are going to be in Afghanistan, a Western security representative in Kabul said. General Scott Miller, chief of the U.S. military in Afghanistan, stated earlier this week that a regular removal of military facilities and supplies has started.
Afghan soldiers left behind will need plenty of weaponry to resist any Taliban fighters attacking strategic positions in neighbourhood.
In the last two weeks, in a series of attacks after Biden’s declaration that the U.S. withdrawal will take a few months, insurgents killed more than 100 Afghan safety workers.
Two West officials said that Washington approved the proposal by the Taliban to prevent attacks of the Islamic State on the western military base.
The officials said that the Taliban needed to show good faith in fulfilling their commitments to ensure that Afghan land was not used as an assault on US rights – a crucial demand in the February agreement.
“They offered a shield sheet almost like a foil and directed the combatants of the Western envoy in the proceedings not to harm or execute any international soldier.
Western officials have often said it is necessary for the Taliban to demonstrate their capacity to monitor the more rebellious groups in their campaign, such as the Haqqani network, which also has their own agenda, while its leader Sirajuddin Haqqani is Taliban’s second highest commander.
A Western security representative from Kabul stated that insurgents held their hand in the deal.
“Even the small attacks carried out by Haqqani Network and Muslim State fighters across the site, the Taliban rapidly reacted,” he said.
Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesperson, refused to speak on the deal on the ‘ringing of security’
More generally, he said that no protection assurance was offered to the United States over the time limit on Saturday, but talks between the community management and the United States were underway.
“Up to now, our pledge to not target the international military is only May 1, after which it is being discussed whether or not we attack,” said Mujahid.
Another militant spokepest speaker, Suhail Shaheen, said in a Twitter tweet, Mullah Baradar, the Deputy Political Head of the Taliban, held talks with US enviy Zalmay Khalilzad to talk in Thursday about the peace process.
Obviously, if no consensus is achieved, there is a risk if insurgents maintain positions in Western bases.
Ashley Jackson, co-manager of the Center for the Study of Armed Groups at the Overseas Development Institute in London, said that “they have certainly pushed closer to several of the Afghan and other bases.”
The Taliban plan to get readiness to take over when international powers depart looks like the US, NATO and Afghan bases around them.” “
Afghan Defense Minister Speaker Fawad Aman said that, although the Taliban fired against international troops, the conflict was escalating against the Afghan citizens and their government.
According to a United Nations survey, more than 3,000 people were killed and almost 5,800 injured in 2020.
“The Taliban have demonstrated they struggle with the citizens of Afghanistan, not threatening external troops, rather assaulting Afghan security forces and civilians continuously,” said Aman.
Michael Kugelman, Asia Deputy Director at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington said: “They are entitled to lambaste a deal between the U.S. and the Taliban for not giving the Afghans themselves the semblance of relief.”
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