Taliban Opposes Turkey Running Kabul Airport Security

Taliban wants no presence of any foreign troops after deadline

The US and Turkey have reached a deal on Kabul Airport security, but the Taliban has issued a statement on Sunday expressing opposition to the idea, saying they don’t want any foreign troops present after the pullout deadline.

The US has been pushing for Turkey to stay at the airport, and has argued it is necessary to have foreign security to allow embassies to remain open in Kabul.

The US made a deal to be out of Afghanistan by May, but then decided to stay for an additional four months. Now, officials say they will be out by August 31, with troops staying to secure the embassy.

Whether foreign troops are really needed for the airport has been disputed, with Afghan officials saying they believe they can secure the airport with their own troops, and the Taliban similarly dismissing the idea that the airport faces a threat.

Author: Jason Ditz

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