One other 9/11 will occur if Afghanistan is deserted: Negotiator
“And as soon as once more, they are going to … witness one other 9/11,” he advised CNBC’s “Capital Connection” on Tuesday. “It is rather vital at this level, to be very cautious on what to do with the Taliban.”
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned a brand new diplomatic mission has began in Afghanistan now that the navy operations have ended.
“We are going to stay vigilant in monitoring threats ourselves and can preserve sturdy counterterrorism capabilities within the area to neutralize these threats if crucial — as we demonstrated previously few days by putting ISIS facilitators and even threats in Afghanistan, and as we do in locations world wide the place we wouldn’t have navy forces on the bottom,” Blinken mentioned.
Taliban and al-Qaeda
Afghanistan is sort of totally managed by the Taliban now, and the Islamist militant group “has by no means reduce off their ties with worldwide terrorist teams” resembling al-Qaeda, Noor mentioned, pointing to a video that confirmed an in depth ally of Osama bin Laden again in Afghanistan.
Bin Laden based al-Qaeda, the terrorist group that was behind the Sept. 11 assaults in 2001 when practically 3,000 folks had been killed after hijacked airplanes slammed into the World Commerce Middle and the Pentagon.
Taliban members collect and make speeches in entrance of Herat governorate after the completion of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, in Herat, Afghanistan on August 31, 2021.
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“That is simply the tip of the iceberg of what is going to occur sooner or later,” mentioned Noor, the son of former governor of northern Afghanistan’s Balkh province, Atta Mohammad Noor.
A United Nations report this 12 months reached an identical conclusion — that the Taliban and al-Qaeda “stay intently aligned and present no indication of breaking ties.” The Taliban beforehand refuted these claims.
“One of many huge myths” within the U.S. and in policymaking circles is that the Taliban and al-Qaeda aren’t embedded with each other, mentioned Thomas Joscelyn, a senior fellow on the Basis for Protection of Democracies.
“They’re as intently allied in the present day as they had been in Nineties, maybe even nearer in some methods,” he advised CNBC’s “Squawk Field Asia” on Tuesday. “That is very a lot a victory for al-Qaeda, along with the Taliban.”
Afghanistan is a “failed state” and that can quickly turn into the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Joscelyn mentioned, referring to the Taliban’s official title for Afghanistan.
Negotiation vs resistance
Noor, who was a part of the previous Afghan authorities‘s peace negotiating workforce, mentioned the group desires to barter with the Taliban to type an “inclusive authorities” — the place numerous ethnicities are represented.
“Clearly I’ve my doubts on negotiations, however we don’t wish to pressure struggle within the nation, that is why we put together to barter,” he mentioned with out elaborating.
He mentioned it is not about energy sharing — however about values, elections, freedom of expression, freedom of media and “many different rights that my folks have gained” over the past 20 years.
If the Taliban makes the identical errors as they did previously, “I can guarantee you that resistance will take form,” he mentioned.
“My folks will get up. We are going to all return to Afghanistan and we are going to resist the Taliban,” he advised CNBC from Dubai.