‘Our priority is the return of security’ to Afghanistan, says Taliban spokesman

The suicide attack at the Kabul airport, which killed 169 people, was the fault of US troops, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid insisted on Saturday in an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24. Following the August 31 deadline for full withdrawal For US troops, security would be one of the Taliban’s top priorities, he said.

Speaking to Cyril Payen of Jowharin the Afghan capital, two days after the devastating suicide bombing at Kabul airport, which was claimed by the Khorasan branch of the Islamic State group, Mujahid denied the Taliban responsibility for the security breach. .

“It was the fault of the American soldiers,” Mujahid said, accusing the US troops of “taking thousands of people to the airport.”

Under the circumstances, it was “impossible” for the Taliban to filter thousands of people “one by one in such a small space,” he added.

“The Americans are invaders in Afghanistan. They only came to wage war. Even if they are confined in the Kabul airport, in such a small part of Afghanistan, they cause problems for the Afghans,” Mujahid said. “They called the people of Afghanistan to come to the airport, but it is only to send them to random countries, the United States or any other place, without worrying about their future.”

The Taliban currently control “93 or 94 percent” of Kabul, Mujahid said, and following the withdrawal of US troops on August 31, “our priority is the return of security in this country.”

Mujahid’s remarks came as the US military said on Saturday that it killed two members of the Khorasan branch of the IS group with a drone attack on the eastern stronghold of the jihadist group.

“It was a single mission to achieve these goals, and as assessments and information flowed over time, we were able to recognize that another was also killed and another was injured,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said at a Department briefing. Defense on Saturday.

Kirby declined to identify the dead, but said the United States knew who they were. The US airstrike was launched from outside Afghanistan.

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