Taliban warn Turkey of consequences against plan to run Kabul airport

The Taliban on Tuesday warned Turkey of consequences against plans to keep some troops in Afghanistan to run and guard Kabul main airport after foreign forces full out.

The capital of Turkey, Ankara, which has proposed to run and guard the airport in Kabul after the withdrawal of NATO, has been in talks with the United States on financial, political and logistical support. 

“If Turkish officials fail to reconsider their decision and continue the occupation of our country, the Islamic Emirate… will take a stand against them,” the Taliban said, referring to Turkey’s plan.

A senior insurgent leader on Tuesday has also said the Taliban do not want to fight government forces inside Afghanistan’s cities and would rather see them surrender.

The insurgent group, emboldened by the departure of foreign troops by the end of September are making a fresh push to besiege cities and gain territory. 

Clashes were continuing in the southern province of Kandahar, said a provincial council member Attaullah Atta, with the Taliban being rolled back after a bid to break into a city prison.

Early on Tuesday, Afghan security forces had retreated from the Alingar district in the eastern province of Laghman, a local government official said on condition of anonymity. A ceasefire pact with the Taliban in the district fell through in the month of May

The Taliban on Monday circled the central city of Ghazni and attacked overnight in their latest offensive on a provincial capital, a local security official said, only to be pushed back by Afghan troops.

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