Taliban threaten Joe Biden with ‘consequences if US troop withdraw delayed
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A Taliban spokesman in Doha has warned the US and US against keeping troops in Afghanistan past the August 31 deadline. British forces and been aiding the US and other NATO allies to protect Kabul Airport amid a frantic humanitarian mission to rescue Afghans looking to feel from the Taliban’s fundamentalist rule. Speaking with Sky News, Dr Suhail Shaheen issued a chilling warning to President Joe Biden arguing a continued US presence would have “consequences.”
“It’s a red line,” Taliban spokesperson Dr Shaheen told Sky News.
“President Biden announced that on 31 August they would withdraw all their military forces.
So if they extend it that means they are extending occupation while there is no need for that.”
“If the US or UK were to seek additional time to continue evacuations – the answer is no.
Taliban spokesman threatens ‘consequences’ if US delays withdrawal (Image: Getty)
US and NATO troops are due to be fully withdrawn from Afghanistan by August 31 2021 (Image: Getty)
“Or there would be consequences.
“It will create mistrust between us.
“If they are intent on continuing the occupation it will provoke a reaction.”
Dr Shaheen went onto dismiss the mass exodus of Afghans fleeing Taliban rule as simpy “economic migrants.”
He told Sky News: “I assure you it is not about being worried or scared.
“They want to reside in Western countries and that is a kind of economic migration because Afghanistan is a poor country.
“70 percent of the people of Afghanistan live under the line of poverty so everyone wants to resettle in Western countries to have a prosperous life,” added Dr Shaheen.
“It is not about [being] scared.”
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A former paratrooper has warned that the Taliban have already begun to seek revenge on translators and other Afghans who aided the 20-year-long NATO occupation.
Andrew Fox called up LBC to warn that the Taliban are “firmly threatening people” and that “executions have begun” in certain regions of Afghanistan.
Major Fox told LBC: “The Taliban are firmly threatening people, executions are beginning in Kandahar province down in the south.
“I know for a fact that some interpreters were intercepted the other day and they are now in an escape and evasion mission in Kabul trying to get to the airport, people have had phone calls to their houses saying when the Americans are gone we are coming for you.”