USA commander warns against attacks on troops in Afghanistan as deadline passes

Delay in troops withdrawal to not go unanswered Taliban

We have, without hyperbole, the greatest fighting force in the history of the world. A security source said the Afghan capital was on "high alert", while military patrols and security were being increased in main cities around the country.

The war in Afghanistan - as we remember the debates here - were [sic] never meant to be multigenerational undertakings of nation-building.

Biden's prolonging of the Afghan war will also reportedly require the deployment of additional troops between May and September, according to CNN and Afghan news outlets.

On Friday, the evening before the launch of the final withdrawal phase, which is set to end by or before September 11, 2021, a truck bomb exploded outside of a guesthouse in Pul-e-Alam in Logar Province, killing at least 27 people.

"The Mujahidin of IEA will now await what decision the leadership of Islamic Emirate takes in light of the sovereignty, values and higher interests of the country, and will then take action accordingly, Allah willing", the spokesman added.

Earlier in the week Mujahid told Reuters conversations were continuing, saying: "Discussions between the U.S. and Taliban and ... within the Taliban's leadership are under way whether to extend that or not".

The Taliban have previously warned that if foreign troops do not leave Afghanistan within the deadline, the group considers this a violation of the Doha agreement and they will resume attacks on these forces.

After 20 years of American valour and sacrifice in Afghanistan, it's time to bring troops home, US President Joe Biden has said, assuring fellow citizens that his administration will maintain capabilities to suppress future threats to the homeland.

Experts said the Taliban threats should be taken seriously, but a number of factors meant that full-scale attacks against foreign targets could be averted, as the Taliban continued negotiations. The operatives claimed that the Pakistani Taliban (TP) was their junior partner in the attack and "was in its learning stages" due to which "many mistakes were made by them".

The Pentagon has warned that the remaining USA soldiers could be at a higher risk of attack as forces are withdrawn and the Taliban regains power.

On Friday, senior Taliban members said they acknowledge Washington's plan, but the delay violates the peace deal.

Since the US-led invasion that ousted the Taliban after the September 11, 2001 attacks, America has spent more than Dollars 1 trillion in fighting and rebuilding in Afghanistan.

Pakistan's foreign office did not immediately respond to request for comment.



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