Afghans are the victims, ex-Afghanistan ambassador says amid turmoil
Ahmad Wali Massoud, whose late brother was well-known resistance fighter Ahmad Shah Massoud, mentioned there are various terrorist teams within the nation, and Afghans have no idea the place they got here from or “who’s who” amid the chaos and turmoil.
“We predict that we’re the sufferer of various nations’ pursuits in Afghanistan, and our nation have been used, and ourselves have been used and our blood have been used,” he advised “Squawk Field Asia” on Friday.
The nation and the folks’s blood have been used to serve the pursuits of different nations, he mentioned sooner or later after an assault close to Kabul’s airport which killed no less than 13 U.S. service members and a lot of Afghan civilians.
Experiences estimate that the whole loss of life toll is no less than 85. Terror group ISIS claimed accountability for the suicide bombings that occurred lower than two weeks after the Taliban seized the presidential palace in Kabul.
“I do not know what kind of recreation is happening … what we all know is that we’re struggling. We’re the [victims] — our soil, our nation, our folks,” he mentioned.
Extra assaults are anticipated and this may occasionally simply be the beginning, mentioned Massoud, who can be founder and president of Massoud Basis.
“That is the start of a brand new rivalry in our nation,” he mentioned, pointing to competing intelligence companies, nations and terrorists that exist in Afghanistan. He later characterised it as a “very harmful recreation” within the nation.
Requested if the U.S. and different forces can be dragged again into Afghanistan, Massoud mentioned he didn’t know, however criticized the West for “irresponsibly” leaving the nation after 20 years.
“What the worldwide neighborhood, particularly the West, promised Afghanistan — that sort of … backfired,” he mentioned, including that there’s nonetheless struggling and killing happening. “That is mostly a dismay to us.”
There may be, nevertheless, a rising anti-terrorism resistance in Afghanistan, Massoud mentioned.
In the mean time, it’s centered in Panjshir — a province in northeast Afghanistan that has not fallen to the Taliban — and adjoining provinces, however will broaden throughout the nation, he mentioned. The resistance can have political and cultural energy, past army would possibly, he mentioned.
“The ladies of Afghanistan … they’re a part of the resistance. The civil society, the younger era of the nation, all of them don’t have the identical perception of Taliban or ISIS-Okay or another terrorist group,” mentioned Massoud, including that they’re a drive to be reckoned with.
He additionally mentioned there is a “new breed” and “new era“ of Afghans becoming a member of the resistance.
“This our nation. We’ve got to essentially … defend the dignity of our nation, we can not simply depart it like that,” he mentioned.
That mentioned, the resistance is prepared to speak to the Taliban to learn the way dedicated the Islamic militant group is to Afghanistan.
“Let’s save Afghanistan from different interference, from this … rivalry of various gamers, of various video games,” he mentioned. If the Taliban does that, the nation could be saved. If not, they’re a part of the “tragedy that we’re seeing,” he mentioned.
— CNBC’s Amanda Macias contributed to this report