Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated on Wednesday that executions of presidency officers and residents by the Taliban are “deeply troubling” as fighters belonging to the militant group sweep throughout Afghanistan amid the withdrawal of American forces.
“What we’re seeing on the ground in the last week is the Taliban making advances on district centers, challenging some provincial capitals,” Blinken said throughout a information convention in New Delhi after assembly with authorities officers.
“We’ve also seen these reports of atrocities committed by the Taliban in areas that it’s taken over that are deeply, deeply troubling, and certainly do not speak well to the Taliban’s intentions for the country as a whole,” Blinken stated.
He stated the US is dedicated to help the Afghan authorities, together with the nation’s safety forces, and the diplomatic efforts searching for a peaceable decision to the battle.
But he predicted the Taliban’s actions might isolate Afghanistan amongst the world’s nations.
“An Afghanistan that does not respect the rights of its people, an Afghanistan that commits atrocities against its own people, would become a pariah state. The Taliban says that it seeks international recognition, that it wants international support for Afghanistan,” Blinken stated.
“Presumably it wants its leaders to be able to travel freely in the world, sanctions lifted, et cetera. Well, taking over the country by force and abusing the rights of its people is not the path to achieve those objectives,” he continued.
Human Rights Watch accused the Taliban of detaining lots of of individuals after they took management of some districts close to Kandahar and executed a few of the residents, authorities officers and members of the police and military.
The worldwide rights group stated Taliban fighters have taken members of Afghanistan’s safety forces from their properties and killed an unknown variety of them.
In one case, it stated the Taliban executed a person who beforehand labored with the police in plain view of his household.
“There are grave concerns that Taliban forces in Kandahar may commit further atrocities to retaliate against the government and security forces.” Patricia Gossman, affiliate Asia director at Human Rights Watch, stated in a report.
“Taliban leaders have denied responsibility for any abuses, but growing evidence of expulsions, arbitrary detentions, and killings in areas under their control are raising fears among the population,” she stated.
President Biden introduced in April that the US army would pullout of Afghanistan by Sept. 11, however earlier this month accelerated the deadline to finish the withdrawal by Aug. 31.
Some lawmakers warned the president that pulling US troops from the war-torn nation would depart the Afghan military at the mercy of the Taliban – and he can be chargeable for what occurs subsequent.
“When we fully withdraw, the devastation and the killings and women … fleeing across the border into Pakistan, President Biden is going to own these ugly images,” Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the prime Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, stated earlier this month.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) stated Biden was leaving Afghanistan ripe for a Taliban takeover.
“It is not in America’s interest for the Taliban to take over Afghanistan. If the Taliban take over part of Afghanistan, I fear that al Qaeda and ISIS will re-emerge and we will be paving a way for another 9/11,” Graham stated.
A United Nations report stated a document variety of ladies and kids have been killed or wounded in Afghanistan in the first six months of 2021.
The nation recorded a 47 p.c improve in the variety of casualties in the first half of this yr, in comparison with final yr — with 1,659 civilians killed and three,254 wounded, in keeping with the report.
Blinken, throughout the Wednesday presser, stated the US will stay “engaged” in Afghanistan whilst the US army packs up.
“We have not only a strong embassy there, but also important programs that continue to support Afghanistan economically, through development assistance, through security assistance. That remains. And we are very much engaged in the diplomacy of working to bring the parties together at the table for a peaceful resolution of the conflict,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Chinese international minister Wang Yi met with a delegation of high-level Taliban officers in the northern Chinese metropolis of Tianjin for talks – as the two sides attempt to heat ties forward of the US pullout.
Wang stated the US drawdown “reveals the failure of America’s policies and offers the Afghan people an important opportunity to stabilize and develop their own country.”
A readout from the Chinese international ministry stated Wang expects the Taliban to “play an important role in the process of peaceful reconciliation and reconstruction in Afghanistan.”
With Post wires