Afghan forces vow to retake districts lost to Taliban

UN Afghanistan envoy warns of Taliban offensive


New York: The UN envoy said on Tuesday that Taliban insurgents have occupied more than 50 of Afghanistan’s 370 areas since May, warning that the intensification of the conflict poses an insecurity risk to many other countries.

Deborah Lyons told the UN Security Council that the announcement of the withdrawal of foreign troops earlier this year triggered an “earthquake” in Afghanistan.

Lyons said: “These occupied territories surround the capitals, showing that the Taliban are preparing to try to occupy these capitals after the foreign forces have completely withdrawn.

Twenty years later, the United States began withdrawing its remaining 2,500 soldiers in Afghanistan and plans to completely withdraw from the country by September 11. About 7,000 non-US personnel, mostly from NATO countries – as well as Australia, New Zealand and Georgia – also plan to leave before that date.

“All the major trends – politics, security, peace processes, economic, humanitarian emergencies and, of course, COVID – all of these trends are negative or stagnant,” Lyon told the 15-member Security Council. “There’s no denying that it could end up in a terrible situation.”

After the attack on the United States on September 11, 2001, Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden refused to extradite. The Afghan military, supported by the United States, overthrew the Taliban regime in late 2001.

US President Joe Biden will meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Afghan High Commission for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah at the White House on Friday at the White House amid the escalation of fighting.

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