KABUL/ANKARA: The Taliban warned Turkey on Tuesday in opposition to plans to stay some troops in Afghanistan to run and guard Kabul’s major airport after the withdrawal of international squaddies, calling the tactic “reprehensible” and caution of “penalties”.
Ankara, which has introduced to run and guard the airport within the capital after NATO withdraws, has been in talks with the US on monetary, political and logistical fortify.
Turkey has repeated that the airport will have to keep open to maintain diplomatic missions in Afghanistan, the place a blast rocked Kabul on Tuesday and clashes have intensified around the nation.
“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan condemns this reprehensible resolution,” the Taliban mentioned in a commentary, relating to Turkey’s plan.
“If Turkish officers fail to rethink their resolution and proceed the profession of our nation, the Islamic Emirate… will take a stand in opposition to them.”
If that’s the case, the militant workforce added, the accountability for penalties would fall at the shoulders of those that intervene.
The Taliban, who dominated Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, had been combating for twenty years to topple the Western-backed executive in Kabul.
Emboldened by way of the departure of international forces by way of a September goal, they’re creating a contemporary push to enclose towns and achieve territory.
Afghan Defence Minister Hulusi Akar advised journalists after a cupboard assembly on Monday night time that Turkey agreed to a couple issues with US opposite numbers on operating the airport and paintings in opposition to a deal continues.
“The airport wishes to stay open, be operated. All international locations say this. If the airport does no longer perform, the international locations should withdraw their diplomatic missions there,” he mentioned.
Talks now involving ministries must be entire by the point US forces depart, a senior Turkish professional advised Reuters. “We nonetheless assume there might be an settlement at the airport. We need to facet with the Afghan other people,” the professional mentioned.
Police mentioned a blast rocked a hectic space of Kabul on Tuesday, killing 4 other people and wounding 5. It used to be no longer transparent who used to be in the back of the explosion or the objective.
Clashes had been proceeding within the southern province of Kandahar, mentioned Attaullah Atta, a provincial council member, with the Taliban being driven again after a bid to wreck right into a town jail.
Masses of households had fled the violence, he added.
Mohammad Daoud Farhad, director of Kandahar’s provincial health facility, mentioned it had gained 8 lifeless and greater than 30 other people, most commonly civilians, wounded in clashes previously 24 hours.
Early on Tuesday, Afghan safety forces had retreated from the district of Alingar within the jap province of Laghman, a neighborhood executive professional mentioned on situation of anonymity.
A ceasefire pact with the Taliban within the district fell thru in Would possibly.
On Monday, the Taliban turned around the central town of Ghazni and made assaults in a single day of their newest offensive on a provincial capital, a neighborhood safety professional mentioned, handiest to be driven again by way of Afghan forces.