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US senators concerning over Afghanistan future peace process

By: Lailuma Noori

A number of US senators in a letter to the country’s secretary of state Antony Blinken have expressed their concern over Afghanistan future peace process and the US future security.
Three US congressmen in their joint letter to secretary of state have said that more terrorist groups are operating in border areas between Afghanistan and Pakistan than other parts of the world as intelligence networks have reported that al Qaeda, Daesh and all other terrorist groups are committed to attacking the US targets; therefore, US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan will pave the way for terrorist groups to create further safe havens from which they can plan for attacks on the West.
According to the US senators, Taliban are still linking with al Qaeda. In other part of their letters, the three senators expressed their concern over the secretary of state’s recent letter to President Ghani as well as the draft plan for Afghanistan peace in which creation of an transitional government has been proposed.
Since starting the intra-Afghan talks with Afghanistan government, Taliban has kept its relations with al Qaeda as the group has intensified their violent attacks, targeted killings and IED blasts against Afghan innocent civilians and Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF).
Meanwhile, the Long War Journal in its recent report has said that al Qaeda and its regional affiliate, al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, continue to operate across Afghanistan.
Based on the report, al Qaeda and other groups associated with it have been involved in perpetrating dozens of attacks across Afghanistan following the US-Taliban peace agreement last February.
“Al Qaeda’s enduring presence in Afghanistan is visible both through press reporting on Coalition operations against the terror group, and Thabat, al Qaeda’s own media arm that has noted the groups operate in 18 provinces,” said the report.
The report states that Thabat, a weekly Al Qaeda newsletter that covers its operations across the globe and is analogous to Daesh’s Al Naba news service, has noted multiple reports of Al Qaeda’s activities in Afghanistan.
The UN sanctions committee has previously estimated the number of al Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan 400 to 600.
On the other hand, US secretary of state Antony Blinken has arrived in Brussels to discuss modality of US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and the country’s peace process with NATO member countries. In his most recent tweet, US secretary of state has said that he is consulting challenges ahead with his close allies in Brussels.
This comes amid of efforts towards coming Turkey’s Istanbul conference set to be held on 24 April and said to be lasted for 10 days. Previously, Taliban had noted that they were not ready to participate in the conference if held on 16 April. On the other hand, US President Joe Biden has set to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by the 11 September of the current year.

 

 

 

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