While the institutions and forces belonging to the old administration have been dissolved in AFGHANISTAN, the new ones have not yet been replaced by the Taliban. Highlighting this fact, Washington drew attention to the possible risk of civil war. “Our estimates are that the conditions are ripe for a civil war,” said Mark Milley, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff. Speaking to American Fox News, Milley said, “I think the conditions are right for both a wider civil war and for al Qaeda and Daesh to gain traction.”
“INTELLIGENCE WAS DIFFICULT TO COLLECT”
Noting that the United States is no longer officially represented in the country, Milley noted that this would also make it difficult to collect intelligence from the region. “We’re going to have to rebuild some intelligence networks,” Mark Milley said. “We will continue to conduct strike operations against threats against the United States,” he said. Previously, US President Joe Biden also said that even if they had withdrawn from the country, they would conduct point-and-shoot operations against terrorist targets in the region through bases in the neighboring geography.
RUSSIA AND CHINA NATO STRENGTHS
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As fears that Afghanistan will become a terror-exporting country grow, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement to the British Sunday Telegraph that Russia and China are also responsible for the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan. Stoltenberg said that “the international community, including Russia and China” should work together to ensure that Afghanistan does not become a place where terrorist organizations can act as they wish and plan attacks.
WILL THEY BE SUMMITTED TO THE G7 SUMMIT?
Cooperation with Russia and China in the fight against terrorism is on the agenda of the G7 as well as NATO. Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said an extraordinary G7 summit on Afghanistan will be held on September 8 at ministerial level, and that Russia and China should also be invited. On the other hand, the Russian side said there was no clear invitation in this regard. Russian foreign spokeswoman Mariya Zakharova said they had met with the German and French governments for a meeting on Afghanistan, but a G7-format summit had not been discussed. Zakharova also noted that Western countries “must make it clear what they want now”.
CIVILIAN FLIGHTS FROM KABUL AIRPORT
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The Afghan national airline, Ariana Afghan Airlines, is the country’s aviation authority. The company began its domestic flights after receiving the green light from the Taliban. Yesterday, we saw that civilian passenger planes from Kandahar landed at Hamid Karzai airport under the supervision of Taliban militants. As passengers who got off the plane reached the terminal on foot, activists took intense security measures around the airport. The airline has announced that regular flights will be operated from Kabul to the cities of Herat in the west, Mazar-i-Sharif in the north and Kandahar in the south.
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AMERICAN MINISTERS GULF TOUR
Senior US officials are touring the Gulf and Europe to assess the future of Middle East relations after the defeat in Afghanistan. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will meet separately in the Gulf States. Blinken will travel next week to Qatar and Germany, where there are US bases where Afghans were brought in during the evacuation. Austin also left for Qatar yesterday. From there, the minister will travel to Bahrain, then to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
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Cease-fire SIGNAL OF RESISTANCE
A ceasefire signal came from Ahmed Massoud, the leader of the resistance forces in Punjshir, the only province of AFGHANISTAN that the Taliban forces were unable to capture. After the Council of Afghan Academics in the capital Kabul appealed to end the conflict and “stop shedding Muslim blood,” Masud made a statement on his Facebook account. “The National Resistance Front is ready to end the war immediately to achieve lasting peace if the Taliban end their offensive and military operations in Punjshir and Andarab. We hope to continue negotiations involving all parties in a broad meeting with academics and reformists. On the other hand, it was reported that the spokesman of the National Resistance Front, Fahim Dashti, died in the clashes in Pençşir. Dashti issued a statement yesterday morning claiming that they had cornered around 1,000 Taliban militants, neutralized many of them and taken dozens of them hostage. (Nerdun HACIOGLU)