The Taliban condemns the drone strike, calling it a ‘clear violation’ of worldwide ideas and the 2020 Doha Settlement.
The Taliban has condemned the killing of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri by the USA in a “precision” drone strike within the centre of Kabul.
The killing of al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian surgeon who had a $25m bounty on his head for the September 11, 2001 assaults, is the largest blow to the armed group since its founder Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011.
In a press release on Tuesday, the group known as the strike a “clear violation” of worldwide ideas and the Doha Settlement, the 2020 pact signed by the Taliban and the US that facilitated the withdrawal of worldwide forces from Afghanistan.
The strike was carried out on a residential home within the Sherpur space of Kabul, a diplomatic enclave the place many Taliban leaders reside now, Taliban chief spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid stated within the assertion.
“Such actions are a repetition of the failed experiences of the previous 20 years and are towards the pursuits of the US, Afghanistan and the area,” Mujahid stated.
The drone assault is the primary recognized US strike inside Afghanistan since US troops and diplomats left the nation after a Taliban takeover of the federal government in August 2021.
The transfer might bolster the credibility of Washington’s assurances that the US can nonetheless deal with threats from Afghanistan with out a army presence within the nation.
Al-Zawahiri’s loss of life additionally raises questions on whether or not he obtained sanctuary from the Taliban following the Kabul takeover.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in the meantime, accused the Taliban of “internet hosting and sheltering” the al-Qaeda chief in Kabul and “grossly” violating the Doha Settlement.
“Within the face of the Taliban’s unwillingness or incapacity to abide by their commitments, we’ll proceed to assist the Afghan folks with sturdy humanitarian help and to advocate for the safety of their human rights, particularly of ladies and ladies,” Blinken stated in a press release.