Afghan Taliban Organization Warns President Biden It 'Will Be Compelled To Defend Its Religion [Islam] And Homeland And Continue Its Jihad And Armed Struggle' If U.S. Troops Do Not Leave Afghanistan By May 1st

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March 26, 2021

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The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban organization), responding to a statement by U.S. President Joe Biden, has warned that the Taliban will continue to wage jihad in Afghanistan if the U.S. and other foreign forces do not withdraw by May 1, 2021, as per the Doha agreement, which was signed on February 29, 2020, in Qatar.[1]

President Bident, speaking on March 25, 2021, said that the U.S. will be leaving Afghanistan, but it will be hard to meet the May 1 deadline for getting troops out for "tactical reasons."[2] He added: "It is not my intention to stay there for a long time. The question is how and under what circumstances do we meet that agreement that was made by President [Donald] Trump. To be under a deal that looks like it is not able to be worked out to begin with..."[3]

Reacting to President Biden's statement, the Islamic Emirate, which has always seen the Doha agreement as a victory, warned that if "all" foreign troops do not leave by the deadline, it will continue the jihad and armed struggle in Afghanistan.

The Afghan Taliban's statement comes as Germany's parliament voted to extend the presence of about 1,300 German troops in Afghanistan into 2022. Also, on March 25, Gen. Richard Clarke, chief of the U.S. Special Operations Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Afghans need American assistance to combat the Afghan Taliban, stating: "The capabilities that the U.S. provides for the Afghans to be able to combat the Taliban and other threats that reside in Afghanistan are critical to their success."[4]

Following is the text of the Taliban statement:[5]

"As the U.S. President [Joe Biden] recently made vague remarks about implementation of the Doha agreement and withdrawal of all foreign troops, and moreover, some NATO member states are seeking to extend the occupation of Afghanistan, the Islamic Emirate would like to clarify its stance regarding the issue as following:

"The Doha agreement is the most sensible and shortest path to ending the past twenty-year war between Afghanistan and America and establishing a peaceful Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate is firmly committed to its undertakings outlined in the agreement, and wants the American side to also remain firmly committed to the Doha agreement and not wasting this historic opportunity due to flawed advice and incitement by warmongering circles.

"If, God forbid, all foreign troops [do] not withdraw from Afghanistan on the specified date in line with the Doha agreement, undoubtedly it will be considered a violation of the accord by America for which it shall be held liable and which shall also harm its international standing.

"In such a case, the Islamic Emirate – as a representative of the believing, valiant and mujahid Afghan nation – will be compelled to defend its religion and homeland and continue its jihad and armed struggle against foreign forces to liberate its country.

"All responsibility for the prolongation of war, death, and destruction will be on the shoulders of those whom [who] committed this violation. The resolve and seriousness of the people of Afghanistan must not be tested any further, and reason and logic must prevail to end the war.

"Afghanistan is the home of Afghans, the establishment of whatever type of government is the lawful right of its citizens, no other nation can impose upon them a government or system from abroad, nor do they reserve such a right."

 

[1] AlemarahEnglish.net (Afghanistan), March 26, 2021. The original English of the report has been lightly edited for clarity and standardization.

[2] ToloNews.com (Afghanistan), March 26, 2021.

[3] ToloNews.com (Afghanistan), March 26, 2021.

[4] ToloNews.com (Afghanistan), March 26, 2021.

[5] AlemarahEnglish.net (Afghanistan), March 26, 2021. The original English of the statement has been lightly edited for clarity and standardization.

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