Tuesday, 21 Sep 2021

‘Why aren’t they here?’ Taliban encourage UK to return to their embassy in Kabul

Ex army chief warns jihadists 'inspired' after Taliban takeover

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Western countries are reportedly waiting to see how the Taliban act before establishing ties. A Taliban commander in Kabul has asked why Western diplomats are not returning, stating it is “safe” now, adding: “We will be happy to have them here”.

“They say they believe in human rights, so why aren’t they here? It is safe in Kabul now. Why don’t they return?” a Taliban commander told Sky News.

The commander criticised the international community for leaving Afghanistan: “Where is your help and support?

“Instead you’re always shouting we’re terrorists…come and see the Taliban government and compare us to the previous one…analyse their security and look at ours.”

One of the Taliban commanders also told Sky News: “Why don’t they come back?”

Another commander invited the British diplomats to come back to Afghanistan “today, tomorrow, whenever.”

However, two journalists working for the Etilaatrox newspaper say they were beaten and tortured by the Taliban after covering a women’s rights demonstration.

Journalist Taqi Daryabi, told Sky News: “What they did is not what a human should do to another human…but what the Taliban did, it’s in the past and gone and I’m not afraid or scared.”

“This won’t stop me, because it’s my profession and I will continue. I won’t stop. I’m informing people what’s happening and no one will stop us doing this.”

The front of the US embassy is now covered with Taliban slogans.

While many countries quickly evacuated embassy staff, China has kept theirs open following the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul.

Beijing is expected to increase humanitarian assistance in the country as the Taliban prepares to unveil their new cabinet.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has claimed this week Beijing was “ready to invest in and reconstruct” Afghanistan as he set out hopes that China would provide a gateway into global markets.

He said: “China is our principal partner and for us represents a fundamental and extraordinary opportunity because it’s ready to invest in and reconstruct our country.”

The Taliban took control of Kabul on August 15 – only ten days after the first provincial capital Zaranj was captured by the group.

On Monday, the Taliban declared total victory in Afghanistan after the fall of Panjshir Valley province.

A video has been released of Taliban fighters raising their flag above the governor’s house in Panjshir Valley.

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By August 30 the last remaining US soldier left Afghanistan marking a close on 20 years of military intervention.

The Taliban previously controlled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.

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