The Taliban symbolically entered the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan this morning to celebrate the withdrawal of the last American troops. Among the Taliban present at the airport also spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, who held a press conference. “This victory belongs to all of us – he declared -, the Islamic Emirate is a free and sovereign nation”. The “defeat” of the USA represents “a great lesson for all the other invaders and for our future generations” as well as “for the whole world”, he added, continuing: “We want to have good relations with the United States and with the world. whole. We will open up to diplomatic relations with everyone “. The al-Jazeera broadcaster describes “a calm situation” in Kabul after the full US withdrawal and after the night of partying.
“Nobody will be able to use Afghanistan to launch attacks on other countries and destroy peace”, declared Mujahid again. “Now the authority is in the hands of the Afghans – he continued -, we will form an Islamic government and guarantee security”.
“Our desire – added the spokesman – is that our country will never be invaded again. We want peace, prosperity and a true Islamic system”. Mujahid, who addressed a group of men in combat gear, thanked them for their efforts to “gain independence”.
“We are proud of your sacrifices. It is thanks to honesty and patience that we are independent today,” said Mujahid, asking the Taliban fighters to “be kind” to the Afghan people. “I would also like to ask you to be careful how you treat your people. This nation has suffered a lot. The Afghan people deserve to be treated with love. So be kind to them. We are their servants. We have not imposed ourselves on them.”
The Taliban then deployed special forces to the international airport, with the aim of “securing the airport”, spokesman Mujahid confirmed. “We can ensure airport security. Soon everything will be back to normal. American forces have left a lot of chaos at the airport. This is a technical matter and it takes some time to resolve. Efforts are underway to resume. commercial flights, “he explained again.
Blinken: “New chapter, Taliban respect agreements”. Today Biden speaks
“America’s work in Afghanistan continues. We have a plan for the future and we are putting it into action.” The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrote it on Twitter, announcing the move of the diplomatic headquarters in Washington from Kabul to Doha. “US military flights have ended and our troops have left Afghanistan. A new chapter in US engagement with Afghanistan has begun. This is where we will be conducting with our diplomacy,” Blinken said.
“We will demand that the Taliban respect their commitment to freedom of movement for foreign citizens, visa holders and Afghans at risk. The international stance on this is strong and will remain strong,” Blinken continued. “We continue to honor all those brave men and women, from the United States and many other countries, who have risked or sacrificed their lives as part of this long mission in Afghanistan to this day,” he concluded.
US President Joe Biden will speak to the nation this afternoon on the latest developments in the country and the US plan for the future. This was announced by the White House.
US soldiers: destroyed armored and demilitarized area before retreat
Meanwhile, US soldiers destroyed armored vehicles and rendered military aircraft unusable before completely withdrawing from Afghanistan, “demilitarizing the area” of the airport. General Kenneth McKenzie explained this, explaining that the troops “demilitarized” 73 aircraft, 70 armored tactical vehicles and 27 Humvees so that they were not used by the Taliban. “Those aircraft will never fly again. They can never be operated by anyone,” McKenzie said.
A video released by the Los Angeles Times showed the Taliban entering a hangar at Kabul airport and inspecting US planes. The United States has also disabled its high-tech missile defense system, the general added.
Clashes in Panshir, Taliban killed
Eight Taliban have been killed and many others were injured in the clashes that occurred during the night in the western area of the Panshir Valley with the men of the Resistance Front led by Ahmad Massoud, son of the legendary Ahmad Shah Massoud. This was stated on Twitter by Fahim Dashti, spokesman for the National Resistance Front, reporting two wounded among his men in the north of Kabul.
According to Dashti, the attack launched by the Taliban may have been an attempt to gauge the strength of the local militia.
Italy, Mulè: “Over 5,000 civilians saved”
“Italy has done a great deal in this emergency phase: more than 5,000 Afghan citizens have been ‘saved’ in conditions that are truly at the limit. They are women, children, refugees, victims of a war that denies them the fundamental rights of civilization. For this great operational and humanitarian effort, our Armed Forces and intelligence must be thanked for having done an extraordinary job: today at 5 pm the last soldiers returning from Afghanistan will arrive in Ciampino and we will be there to thank and welcome them “. Giorgio Mulè, Undersecretary of Defense, said this at Agorà Estate on Rai3.
Lamorgese to the extraordinary EU Internal Affairs Council
The Minister of the Interior, Luciana Lamorgese, will participate today in Brussels in the extraordinary Internal Affairs Council convened to examine the humanitarian and security issues related to the Afghan situation. The Council is scheduled for 1pm.
France: “Taliban negotiate with Turkey and Qatar for airport management”
The Taliban are negotiating with Qatar and Turkey over the management of the Kabul airport. This was underlined by the French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian. According to Le Drian, the Taliban should ensure the security of the airport as soon as possible so that Afghans wishing to leave the country can do so on scheduled flights.
“The Security Council resolution on making the airport safe must be implemented. There are ongoing talks with the Qatari and the Turks on the management of the airport. We must demand that access to the airport be safe,” he said. Le Drian on television France 2. The head of French diplomacy also specified that Paris must continue to put pressure on the Taliban, but is not negotiating with them.
China points the finger: “Disoriented and hasty withdrawal of troops”
“The disorderly and hasty withdrawal of foreign troops” is the cause of the recent chaos in Afghanistan. This was stated by China’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Geng Shuang, in his speech at the UN. “Withdrawal is not the end of responsibilities, but the beginning of reflection,” said the Chinese diplomat, according to CNN.
Both China and Russia abstained on the Security Council resolution to create “safe passage” for people who will try to leave Afghanistan from Kabul airport following the US withdrawal. The other 13 members of the Security Council all voted in favor of the proposal.
Shuang said China did not see the resolution necessary and, without directly mentioning the United States, argued that China hopes that “relevant countries” will change what he called “the wrong practice of imposing one’s will on others” .
The withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan after 20 years of presence has shown that “military interventions are doomed to fail”, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “The withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan indicates that arbitrary military intervention in other countries, as well as the policy of imposing one’s values and social system on other states, are doomed to failure,” said the minister’s spokesman. Foreign Affairs Officer Wang Wenbin. “Afghanistan got rid of foreign military occupation, the people of Afghanistan ushered in a new starting point for peace and national reconstruction. The history of Afghanistan has moved on,” Wang said, adding that China it respects “the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan” and insists on “not intervening in the internal affairs of Afghanistan”.
” The history and reality of Afghanistan have shown that achieving peace, stability and economic development requires establishing an open and inclusive political structure, pursuing a moderate and stable internal and foreign policy and severing all links with all terrorist organizations, “Wang said.
” China will continue to maintain close communication and coordination with all parties in Afghanistan and the international community and to provide support and assistance within its capabilities in order to restore peace, rebuild the economy, fight all organizations terrorists, including the Islamic Movement of East Turkestan and integrate into the international community, ” he concluded.