Taliban warns of dire consequences if U.S. troops withdrawal delayed

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KABUL, March 27 (Xinhua) — As the Afghan government is making preparation to attend the upcoming peace conference in Turkey, the Taliban outfit has warned of dire consequences if the United States fails to pull out troops from the war-battered country as scheduled.

Afghanistan’s National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib told reporters on Saturday that the government would attend the upcoming peace conference in Turkey, scheduled for early April.

On Thursday, senior presidential advisor Waheed Omar said Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani would present an early election plan at the upcoming Istanbul conference and would put forward a proposed roadmap for peace in Afghanistan.

Violence has increased in Afghanistan recently despite the ongoing peace efforts. In the latest waves of violent incidents, 10 policemen were killed in Nahr-e-Seraj district of the southern Helmand province, while five Taliban fighters lost their lives in Faizabad, the capital of the northern Badakhshan on Saturday, officials said.

More than 50 fighters with the majority of them Taliban militants have been killed over the past 24 hours across the country.

U.S. President Joe Biden reportedly said on Thursday that the May 1 deadline as agreed by his predecessor Donald Trump in a peace deal with the Taliban to withdraw troops from Afghanistan would be hard to accomplish.

In response, the Taliban outfit in a statement posted on its Twitter on Friday said, “Doha agreement is the shortest way to end the war in Afghanistan. If America fails to fulfill the agreement the Islamic Emirate (name of Taliban ousted regime) will be compelled to defend its religion and homeland.” Enditem

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