Afghan Taliban Government's Second Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Salam Hanafi On Al-Zawahiri Killing: 'The Only Thing We Know For Sure Is That A Drone Attack Has Taken Place, Which Is Against International Law And The Doha Agreement'

August 4, 2022

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Second Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Salam Hanafi of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the ruling Taliban jihadi organization) has said that the U.S. drone attack on a safe house in Kabul city on July 31, which killed Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri, violates both national sovereignty and the Doha Agreement, according to an Afghan media report.

After Al-Zawahiri's killing, the U.S. accused the Islamic Emirate of violating the 2020 Doha Agreement as per which the Afghan Taliban are not to allow any attacks on the U.S. and other countries from the Afghan soil.

"Afghan territory will not be used against any country," Abdul Salam Hanafi told the Tolo News television channel. In a separate statement, the Islamic Emirate has said that it did not know about Al-Zawahiri's arrival and stay in Kabul, and a probe is underway.

The Taliban deputy prime minister added: "These issues are still unclear to us; the only thing we know for sure is that a drone attack has taken place, which is against international law and the Doha Agreement. The Islamic Emirate's policy, which has been repeatedly stated to the people, is that our soil is not used against our neighbors."

The Islamic Emirate is a jihadi organization whose government is yet to be recognized by the international community.

Source:, August 3, 2022.

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