National Resistance Front (NRF) Of Afghanistan Says U.S.'s Diplomatic Engagement With Taliban Jihadi Leaders Has Turned Afghanistan Into 'A Sanctuary' For Terrorist Groups: 'Although The Leader Of Al-Qaeda [Ayman Al-Zawahiri] Is Killed... Terrorist Groups Like Al-Qaeda Have Had A Good Chance To Revive'

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August 4, 2022

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In a statement on the killing of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri in a U.S. drone strike in Kabul city on July 31, 2022, the National Resistance Front (NRF) of Afghanistan has said that Afghanistan has once again become a sanctuary for Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups because the U.S. and other Western countries have legitimized the Afghan Taliban over the past few years, facilitating the Taliban's takeover of power in August 2021.

Although the NRF did not mention America and other Western countries in its statement, it observed: "The National Resistance Front of Afghanistan emphasizes that the improper interactions with the unlawful Taliban group and disregarding the profoundity [sic] of the threat of terrorism will pose a serious challenge to the security of the region and the world."

The NRF's statement seems to be carefully written. It recognizes how Afghanistan has turned into a sanctuary for terror groups and simultaneously emphasizes that this is due to the fact that the Islamic Emirate (the Taliban jihadi organization) gained legitimacy during the years of the U.S.-Taliban negotiations in Doha, Qatar, leading to the Doha Agreement of 2020, weakening the democratically elected government of President Ashraf Ghani and the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan on August 15, 2021.

Following is the text of the NRF statement:

"The U.S. air strike targeting the residence of Ayman Al-Zawahiri, the leader of al-Qaeda terrorist group, in the heart of Kabul and killing him once again affirms the position of the National Resistance Front and its stand against the Taliban, which harbor the most dangerous terrorist groups. Although the leader of al-Qaeda is killed, but in the main [sic] time, terrorist groups like al-Qaeda have had a good chance to revive.

"The presence of the leader of al-Qaeda in the center of Kabul is a clear sign that Afghanistan has once again become a meeting hub and a sanctuary for the terrorist groups, which every day take the lives of our people and threaten the countries of the region and the world.

"The Taliban, with their inhuman acts, have contributed to the violation of the national sovereignty, territorial integrity, and airspace of Afghanistan by foreign forces, which has damaged our national dignity. The National Resistance Front of Afghanistan emphasizes that the improper interactions [by the U.S. and other countries of the world at diplomatic level] with the unlawful Taliban group and disregarding the profoundity [sic] of the threat of terrorism will pose a serious challenge to the security of the region and the world.

"The National Resistance Front of Afghanistan emphasizes standing up for the highest values and recounting [i.e., recognizing] that airstrikes, without considering the objective realities, in the long term, will have the opposite result. The National Resistance Front demands the cooperation of all the countries of the region and the world with the Resistance of the people of Afghanistan in the fight against global terrorism and its supporters."

Source: Nationalresistance.org/en/press-and-media/statements/101429.html, August 3, 2022. The original English of the statement has been lightly edited for clarity and standardization.

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