- 23 Afghan Commandos killed in Taliban attack
- NATO officials hold talks with UAE and Qatar
- US closes embassy because of Coronavirus pandemic
Kabul/Washington – US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin warned that the terrorist organisation Al-Qaeda will regroup and reorganise in two years from the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan. Former US Secretaries of State, Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton and former Secretary of Defence Robert Gates also had lashed out at the Biden administration over the decision to withdraw the military from Afghanistan.
The Taliban attacks in Afghanistan have intensified. Taliban killed 23 soldiers from the commando unit of the Afghan military in a single attack. There is a conflict between the military and Taliban, at nearly 200 locations, in Afghanistan. The possibility of the Taliban taking over the entire country is becoming stronger. In this scenario, the warning issued by Secretary of State Austin becomes important.
Criticism that President Biden hurried in withdrawing US military from Afghanistan is gaining ground in the United States. The Biden administration is facing several questions regarding the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan in the US Congress.
Lindsay Graham, a member of the Appropriation Committee of the US Senate, posed tough questions to US Secretary of Defence Austin and US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley. Graham asked, ‘What is the possibility of Al-Qaeda and IS reorganising after the complete US military withdrawal?’
Secretary of Defence Austin said that Al-Qaeda would reorganise in two years after the military withdrawal. US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, warned that if the Afghan government collapses or the Afghan military disintegrates, the Al-Qaeda threat will increase further.
The Taliban attacks on the Afghan soldiers are intensifying over the last few days. Twenty-nine people were killed in a mission against the Taliban, carried out in the Dawlatabad district of the Faryab province. The dead include 23 soldiers from the Afghan Commando Forces and six policemen. A local news agency claimed that this is a major jolt for the Afghan military. The Afghan army was forced to withdraw from the Dawlatabad region.
Ten Taliban terrorists were killed in the Afghan military action in the Wardak province near the capital Kabul. The Afghan defence ministry claimed that more than 150 Taliban terrorists were killed in the last 24 hours. Reports are being received that there is a conflict between the Afghan military and Taliban at nearly 200 locations. In the last few days, the Afghan army is losing its ground, and it is claimed that the Taliban is gaining control over major provinces.
The Afghan citizens who helped the US and NATO militaries are in a state of panic because of the intensifying Taliban attacks. Afghans who assisted the US and NATO militaries as agents, interpreters, assistants and contractors, are queuing up at the US embassy for a visa. But 114 employees of the US embassy have contracted Coronavirus, and one staffer has died due to Coronavirus. Therefore, the US embassy announced the postponement of the visa interviews. It is claimed that the Afghanis are cornered with this announcement.
Meanwhile, General Scott Miller, Chief of NATO in Afghanistan, visited the United Arab Emirates and met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed. A few hours before this, NATO had inquired with Qatar for a military base for imparting training to the Afghan soldiers. It has been reported that Qatar replied affirmatively. At the same time, it is being claimed that even Turkey has expressed willingness to make a military base available to the United States for its campaign in Afghanistan.