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Kabul: 'Red' alert for D-Day – Al Qaeda and ISIS threaten new strikes

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Kabul: 'Red' alert for D-Day - Al Qaeda and ISIS threaten new strikes

At a time when the withdrawal of US troops from Kabul is in full swing, with D-Day being the 31st of August , Osama bin Laden, the security chief of Osama bin Laden , has returned to Afghanistan's Nangarhar province after 20 years. He is al Qaeda 's top arms supplier and was bin Laden's security chief when he took over the Tora Bora cave complex.

According to NBC, the two of them had managed to escape while the American forces had attacked the specific group. In fact, the US Treasury Department in 2001 included Huck on the list of global terrorists. At the same time, sanctions have been imposed on him by the United Nations and the United Kingdom. There are also reports that al Qaeda could be reactivated within 18 to 24 months of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan .

The video, which recorded the return of Ul-Huck, shows the former top ally of the Al Qaeda leader lowering the passenger window and at the same time many gathered men kissing his hand. Then begins a convoy carrying heavily armed fighters while some of them hold the Taliban flag.

The Daily Mail, meanwhile, asked about Huck's return to Afghanistan to the Pentagon , which said it would not comment. However, his return to Afghan territory comes 24 hours before D-Day for the withdrawal of US troops.

Bell from a former State Department coordinator

“It is almost certain that al Qaeda will establish a safe haven in Afghanistan and use it to plan a terrorist attack against the United States and other countries,” Nathan Siles, a former State Department coordinator, told the New York Times.

It is recalled that a few days after Kabul fell to the Taliban again , US President Joe Biden had incorrectly claimed that Al Qaeda “left” Afghanistan

A few days after Kabul fell to the Taliban , Biden incorrectly claimed that al Qaeda had “left” Afghanistan. However, this statement was not approved by Foreign Minister Anthony Blinken , who acknowledged that there was no “disappearance” of Al Qaeda.

According to a United Nations report, there are at least 500 people linked to al Qaeda , and most of the “key members” are outside Afghanistan . The same report notes that while communication between al Qaeda and the Taliban was scarce, one UN member state claimed that there was “regular communication” between the two sides. The “communication” was related to the Taliban's peace talks with the Trump administration.

The Doha agreement prompted the Taliban to “not allow any of its members, other individuals or groups, including al Qaeda , to use Afghan territory to threaten the security of the United States and its allies.” .

The agreement between the two sides also had a consideration. In particular, the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners was ensured without the consent of the Afghan government. For his part, Trump agreed to withdraw US troops by May 1.

But based on the video showing Huck returning, the fighters appeared to be encouraged and celebrating his return to Afghan soil. Ul Hak was a member of the Hizb – i Islamia Khalis . It is one of the seven groups that fought against the occupation of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the Pakistani intelligence service arrested him in 2008. However, he was released in 2011, about six months after bin Laden's death.

“Amin al-Haq was accidentally arrested, so the police failed to find any charges against Osama bin Laden and the court released him ,” a security source told the newspaper.

A few hours for American D-Day

On the other hand, both the Americans and the allied forces are fighting over time to evacuate the citizens from Kabul airport. The ultimatum expires at midnight on August 31 (local time). And all this at a time when a few days ago the Taliban spokesman Dr. Suhail Sahin said that “there will be consequences” if Biden does not honor the agreement.

With only 30 hours left until the end of the ultimatum, the task becomes more difficult and the mission becomes even more dangerous as there are fears of a new blow from ISIS, tomorrow Tuesday when the relevant ultimatum ends.

Last Thursday, ISIS-K claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at Kabul airport. 169 people were killed during the attack. Among them are 13 American soldiers.

The U.S. retaliated by launching a drone strike Sunday in an attempt to kill those responsible for the attack. However, ten people were killed during the attack, including seven children.

Pentagon officials declined to confirm or deny the incident and did not name the terrorists allegedly killed in the attack. It should be noted that the American president said that another attack was “very likely” before the US left Afghanistan.

New rocket attack on Kabul airport

It is recalled that several rocket launches and explosions were heard this morning in Kabul , as reported by journalists of the French Agency, the day after the announcement by the US military that it destroyed with a plane blow a car loaded with explosives in the Afghan capital.

A U.S. official said earlier on condition of anonymity that up to five rockets had been fired at Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport but were intercepted by a U.S. missile defense system . He said that according to the first information he received, there were no casualties in the US military ranks, however he pointed out that this information is not final yet.

At the same time, the United States is investigating the possibility of civilian casualties in an airstrike that destroyed a car bomb in the Afghan capital, Kabul, a spokesman for the Afghan Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Sunday. of Central Administration (USCENTCOM).

“We are aware that civilian casualties have been reported after we were hit by a vehicle in Kabul, ” Capt. Bill Erban, a CENTCOM spokesman, said in a press release. “We are still in the process of evaluating the results of this blow, which, as far as we know, prevented an immediate threat from the IKH (Islamic State in Khorasan) against the airport,” the CENTCOM spokesman said, referring to the terrorist organization. which claimed responsibility for Thursday's attack.

Prior to the release of the press release, CNN reported that nine members of a family, including six children, had been killed in a plane crash in the Afghan capital. Agence France-Presse was unable to confirm the report, but Afghan media also reported casualties among the civilians.

“We know that large and powerful explosions took place after the destruction of the vehicle, which indicates that there was a large amount of explosives inside it, which could cause further losses,” said Captain Erban. “It is not clear what happened and we will continue to investigate.” “We would deeply regret any possible loss of innocent lives,” he added.

ISIS claimed responsibility

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for today's attack on Kabul airport, according to a Nasher News post on its Telegram account.

By the grace of Almighty God, the Caliphate 's troops targeted Kabul International Airport with six Katyusha missiles,” the statement said.

“The caliphate's troops targeted Kabul International Airport with six missiles,” the group added. A Taliban official on the scene said five missiles were intercepted by the airport's air defense system.

122,300 people have fled Afghanistan since the end of July

Since the end of July, 122,300 people have left the country. Another 1,200 citizens have been evacuated since last Monday. The total number of those who have left the day that Kabul is again in the hands of the Taliban has reached 116,700.

Evacuation flights continue throughout the day as 17 aircraft carry about 3,000 people, most of them Afghans, from Kabul.

Flights will resume on Monday – 17 aircraft are expected to carry more than 3,000 people from Kabul , the majority of whom are Afghans.

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Source: 24h.com.cy

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