Taliban warn of “consequences” if the US does not leave Afghanistan by August 31

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U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command, provide assistance during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 20, 2021. Lance Cpl. Nicholas Guevara/U.S. Marine Corps/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY

They ensure that citizens will be able to leave the country after the date if they have the necessary documentation.

One of the spokesmen of the Taliban, Suhail Shahin, has warned this Monday that there will be “consequences” if the United States and the rest of foreign countries do not complete the withdrawal and evacuations from Afghanistan by August 31, the deadline he established. the American president, Joe Biden.

In an interview with Sky News, Shahin has warned that August 31 “is a red line”, a date that is approaching as countries try to evacuate by forced marches and when Biden considers that US troops leave the Asian country after that date.

“Biden announced that on August 31 he would withdraw all his military forces,” said Shahin, who remarked that if the president extends the term “it means that there is an extension of the occupation when there is no need for it.” “If the United States or the United Kingdom seek more time to continue evacuations, the answer is no. Or there will be consequences,” he added.

Shahin’s words also come as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked Biden to extend the deadline to leave Afghanistan, an extension that seeks to remove the largest number of people from the country, after the Taliban have seized it. power in the country. Meanwhile, scenes of despair at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport continue to unfold.

Shahin has also ensured that citizens will be able to leave the country after August 31 if they have the necessary documentation, although he has called on Afghans to stay and “rebuild” Afghanistan.

The spokesman for the insurgents has stressed that citizens who so wish will be able to leave on commercial flights after the deadline for the withdrawal of troops, and has emphasized that the Taliban will not put “obstacles” if those who seek to leave from Afghanistan have a passport and documentation, the BBC reports.

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