Taliban says seizing Kabul not a military objective, but warns policy could change if foreign troops stay past exit deadline | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Taliban says seizing Kabul not a military objective, but warns policy could change if foreign troops stay past exit deadline

The Taliban has hinted that Kabul could become a military target should any foreign troops remain in the Afghan capital past the US-led coalition’s withdrawal deadline, as the insurgent group continues to seize more territory.

Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen told the BBC that any foreign soldiers who stay behind after the September exit agreement risk being treated as occupiers. He said that, while capturing the Afghan capital was “not Taliban policy,” nothing would be off the table should foreign forces – including military contractors – remain in the capital after the withdrawal was complete.

Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen told the BBC that any foreign soldiers who stay behind after the September exit agreement risk being treated as occupiers. He said that, while capturing the Afghan capital was not a policy of the militant group, nothing would be off the table should foreign forces – including military contractors – remain in the capital after the withdrawal was complete. Shaheen warned that the Taliban would respond to a perceived violation of the withdrawal deal, noting that any action taken would be at the discretion of the group’s leadership.

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