Afghan Taliban Statement Accuses U.S. Of Violating Doha Agreement, Threatens America With 'Necessary Countermeasure'

print
April 16, 2021

The following report is now a complimentary offering from MEMRI's Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM). For JTTM subscription information, click here. 

On April 15, 2021, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban organization) threatened America that its jihadi fighters will "take every necessary countermeasure" after the U.S. President Joe Biden announced that American troops will not be withdrawn by May 1, as is required under the Doha agreement signed between the U.S. and the Taliban organization on February 29, 2020.

President Biden's statement notes that the U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan starting May 1, with the process being completed by September 11, 2021.

In a statement published on its official website, the Islamic Emirate said that the U.S. "decision [to stay beyond May 1] is a clear violation of the Doha Agreement and non-compliance with its commitments." It warned that the decision "in principle opens the way for the mujahideen of [the] Islamic Emirate to take every necessary countermeasure, hence the American side will be held responsible for all future consequences."


Islamic Emirate's deputy leader Mullah Baradar (second from right front)

Following is the text of the statement:

"The recent announcement by the American President [Joe Biden] about withdrawing all forces from Afghanistan, no military solution to the Afghan problem, not returning to war with [the] Taliban, not staying there forever, withdrawal not conditions-based, Doha agreement holding importance and meaning, and withdrawal in line with it, suggests that American officials have understood the Afghan situation to an extent and the efforts of warmongering circles have failed.

"But as the withdrawal of forces is being delayed by several months and will be completed before September, we would like to declare the following:

" – This decision is a clear violation of the Doha Agreement and non-compliance with its commitments.

" – As this agreement was signed in the presence of [the] United Nations and representatives of numerous world countries and organizations, and is currently being breached by America, it is imperative that all countries and organizations that were witnesses to the signing of this agreement exert pressure on America to implement its commitments and withdraw all forces from Afghanistan by the specified date.

" – Despite the agreement and commitments, extending the ten-day six thousand prisoner release process to six months in the initial phase, followed by not releasing remaining prisoners in a three-month period after the start of intra-Afghan negotiations, failing to terminate blacklists, committing over twelve hundred violations and finally delaying the withdrawal date of forces by several months, all makes evident to the world that America cannot be trusted nor is it committed to its pledges and promises.

" – All sides should understand that the Islamic Emirate has so far complied with the agreement exceptionally well, has implemented it, and [has] considered it the sole solution to the conflict. Now as the agreement is being breached by America, it in principle opens the way for the mujahideen of [the] Islamic Emirate to take every necessary countermeasure, hence the American side will be held responsible for all future consequences, and not the Islamic Emirate.

"– The Islamic Emirate urges America and all occupying countries to stop making excuses for prolonging the war and to withdraw all their forces from Afghanistan immediately.

" – The Islamic Emirate will under no circumstance ever relent on complete independence and establishment of a pure Islamic system, and remains committed to finding a peaceful solution to the Afghan problem following the complete and certain end of occupation."

Source: AlemarahEnglish.net (Afghanistan), April 15, 2021. The original English of the Taliban statement has been lightly edited for clarity and standardization.

The Cyber & Jihad Lab

The Cyber & Jihad Lab monitors, tracks, translates, researches, and analyzes cyber jihad originating from the Middle East, Iran, South Asia, and North and West Africa. It innovates and experiments with possible solutions for stopping cyber jihad, advancing legislation and initiatives federally – including with Capitol Hill and attorneys-general – and on the state level, to draft and enforce measures that will serve as precedents for further action. It works with leaders in business, law enforcement, academia, and families of terror victims to craft and support efforts and solutions to combat cyber jihad, and recruits, and works with technology industry leaders to craft and support efforts and solutions.

Read More