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Sunday, 15 August 2021
Kabul won't be attacked, assures Afghan minister as Taliban inches closer
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From the Hindustan Times

Afghanistan's acting interior minister Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal said on Sunday that Kabul won't be attacked and that the transition would happen peacefully, Afghan TV network Tolo News reported.

Acting Interior Minister Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal said Kabul will not be attacked and that the transition will happen peacefully. He assures Kabul residents that security forces will ensure the security of the city.

Mirzakwal's televised statement to Tolo News follows claims by Taliban leadership that they won't take the Afghan capital "by force" and that negotiations were on the government for a “peaceful surrender” of Kabul. Pajhwok Afghan News is saying much the same. 

The Taliban statement said the country’s capital Kabul was the largest and most populous city where no one’s life, property and dignity will be harmed and the lives of Kabulis will not be in danger.

The Taliban instructed all their militants to stand at the gates of Kabul and not to try to enter the city.

“We do not intend to take revenge on anyone. All those who have served in military and civilian sectors in the Kabul administration are forgiven and safe. All should stay in their own place and home and not try to leave the country,” Taliban said in a statement, accessed by various news agencies, and urged the Afghan civilians to not leave the country.

Despite the pledges, many rushed to leave the country through the Kabul airport, the last route out of the country as the Taliban laid siege on every border crossing.

It isn't the taking of Kabul by force that many fear; it is  the return to life under the Taliban Sharia regime. 

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Posted on 08/15/2021 6:27 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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15 Aug 2021
Send an emailHoward Nelson
Stupidity abounds //. For faith there are no grounds //. The hudna will be short //. Best not your defense abort. / You fools, you thought your allies would hold / You’re betrayed as were the South Vietnamese of old.

15 Aug 2021
Send an emailSue r
A few weeks ago I saw an interview with Ashraf Thank on one of the news programmes in which he was saying that he thought 'surrendering' to the Taliban would be the best policy. Probably would be for him. So it comes as no surprise to me. I would also like to point out that not paying your soldiers, or even providing food and drink(which I believe happened with the Afghan National Army) is a sure fire way to demoralise them and you can't blame the Americans for that!

15 Aug 2021
Send an emailSue r
Bloody iPad has a mind of its own. I know I typed in Ashraf Ghani in the above comment.


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