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Afghanistan. US launches attacks as Taliban demand President’s resignation

Kabul, Afghanistan

The United States (US) entered a confrontation over the city of Kandahar, carrying out air strikes in support of Afghan forces, while the Taliban appealed to President Ashraf Ghani to resign.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Thursday that the air strikes were aimed at supporting Afghan security forces, without providing further details, reported Thursday the Independent.

This action takes place at a time when US troops leave Afghanistan. In recent weeks, the administration of President Joe Biden has come under heavy pressure from the Afghan government, which is feeling abandoned by western allies in the face of the offensive by the Taliban, who already control 85% of the country.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told the agency Reuters that the attacks took place on Wednesday night outside Kandahar in the south of the country, killing three of its fighters and destroying two vehicles.

“We confirm the air strikes and condemn them vehemently, it is a clear attack and violation of the Doha agreement, as they could not [os norte-americanos] operate after May,” he said, referring to the agreement between the US and the Taliban. “If they carry out any operation, they will be responsible for the consequences,” he added.

Former President Donald Trump’s advisers signed the Doha peace accord after negotiations with the Taliban. Foreign troops were due to leave Afghanistan in May if the group fulfilled security guarantees, but Biden extended the deadline for withdrawn for september 11, in memory of the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001.

This decision prompted the Taliban to accelerate their military campaign to quickly fill the security vacuum left behind by US and NATO forces.

Suhail Shaheen, also a Taliban spokesperson, told the agency Associated Press that the group has no plans for a military assault on Kabul. But he warned that this could happen, given the weapons and equipment captured in the newly occupied districts.

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