Military troops and security have been increased across Afghanistan, especially Kabul. This came after the US extended its deadline for removing troops from the country.
Kabul on High Alert after the US Extends Deadline
Kabul was put on high alert and security was ramped up all across Afghanistan on Saturday. The city suspects reaction from the insurgent Taliban as the US has extended its deadline for removing troops from Afghanistan. According to the pact signed with Trump, May 1 was the day when America had to withdraw its troops. However, President Joe Biden did not pull out the troops and they are still present in Afghanistan. Military and security at checkpoints were clearly visible in Kabul. Sources revealed that the city had also been put on high alert through the night. Additionally, military patrols and security were also increased in all the main cities of the country.
The US-Taliban 2020 Pact
Ex-President Donald Trump had signed a contract with the Taliban in February 2020 that the US would withdraw its troops by May 1, 2021. Taliban would not attack or invade foreign troops and bases during this period. However, President Joe Biden did not stick to the deadline. After reviewing the whole situation, he decided to withdraw troops by September 11.
The significance of this denial has already started to show. Violence against Afghans has already begun in the past few weeks. Due to security reasons, Kabul has also been put on high alert. More than a hundred Afghan security personnel have been killed. On May 1, a huge blast took place in eastern Logar, killing dozens of people. It is still unknown who was behind the attack. The military has been enforced in various parts of Afghanistan, including Kabul.
Serious Threats to Kabul and Other Afghan Cities
The Taliban responded in a very furious manner to President Joe Biden. They answered in a very threatened and rhetoric way to Biden’s deadline expansion. Moreover, they boycott an important conference in Turkey last month. The conference was scheduled to look upon the issue of stalling Afghan peace in Doha. Zabiullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesperson said that an extension of the deadline meant an open opportunity for the Taliban. Now they will take every counter-action against the occupying forces. Keeping the threats in mind, Kabul has been put on high alert. Experts have advised taking the threats very seriously.
Constant meetings are ongoing between the Taliban and various countries. These countries include Afghanistan, China, Russia, Pakistan, and the United States. Peace was the subject matter of all the meetings. Despite everything, Afghanistan fears serious attacks. Kabul, the capital city has been equipped with military and security forces.