The group says “the struggle between the mountains and the deserts has come to the gates of the cities,” but they don’t want to fight here.
The Taliban do not want to engage in fighting in the cities of Afghanistan, said a senior group leader as thousands of families flee their homes, fearing to live under his rule.
“Now that the struggle between the mountains and the deserts has reached the gates of the cities, Mujahiddin does not want to fight in the city,” Amir Khan Muttaqi said in a message tweeted by a Taliban spokesman on Tuesday.
“It’s better … to use every possible channel to get in touch with our invitation and guidance commission, to reach a logical agreement to prevent their cities from being damaged,” said Muttaqi, head of a commission. which oversees the people who surrender to the group.
In a separate statement, the armed group said Turkey’s decision to provide security at Kabul airport when US-led forces left the country was “reprehensible.”
“The decision … is not advisable, it is a violation of our sovereignty and territorial integrity and against our national interests,” the group said, just days after Turkey agreed with Washington to provide security to protect the airport.
Meanwhile, Taliban leaders in the past 15 days have evicted more than 5,600 families from their homes, most of them in the northern areas of the country, according to the government’s refugee and repatriation minister.
The region is a traditional stronghold of warlords allied to the United States and dominated by ethnic minorities.
A February 2020 agreement signed by the Taliban with the United States prevents fighters from capturing provincial capitals, the Associated Press said Tuesday.
Yet two – Kandahar in the south and Badghis in the north – are besieged.
In the capital, Kabul, where many fear a possible Taliban assault, a racial defense system has been installed, the Afghan minister said over the weekend.
The statement does not provide any details on its origin or cost.
The United States, Russia, China and even Afghanistan’s neighboring Pakistan have all warned the Taliban not to attempt a military victory, warning that they will be international pariahs.
Taliban leaders have said they will not do so, even though they boast of their gains at recent meetings in Iran and Russia.
The Taliban accuses the Afghan government of false efforts to initiate stagnant talks that will elevate talks to include leaders of both sides of the conflict.
Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban political spokesman and member of his negotiating team, told the AP that on three different occasions, his party has waited for a high-level delegation from Kabul to come to Doha for talks. They never came, he said.
The Kabul delegation was to include former President Hamid Karzai, and Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the National Reconciliation Council, and former warlords such as Ata Mohammad Noor, one of the most powerful commanders in the north.
Afghan officials familiar with the planned meetings have confirmed their intention to travel to Doha and participate, but have said President Ashraf Ghani has been reluctant, often hampering efforts. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss business with journalists.
Last week, President Joe Biden ordered Afghan leaders to find unity and said it was up to Afghans to end decades of war.
With 90 percent of the final U.S. and NATO withdrawal completed and its first commander-in-chief Scott Miller resigning from his command, Washington is nearing the end of its “war forever.”