Turkey began withdrawing its forces from an airport in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Referring to the statement of the Turkish Defense Ministry, on Wednesday, he was informed by AFP.
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Illustration of a Turkish soldier on guard at the border with Iran in Van Province.
“The Turkish Armed Forces proudly return to our homeland for the successful completion of the tasks assigned to them,” the ministry said in a statement. The ministry added that Turkish military planes evacuated 1,129 civilians in cooperation with soldiers from other countries.
Two anonymous Turkish government sources, reported by Reuters on Wednesday, reported that the Taliban had asked Turkey for technical support to ensure the operation of Kabul Airport after the departure of foreign forces. However, according to the Taliban’s request, Turkish forces, like soldiers of other countries, must withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of August at the latest.
According to an unnamed Turkish official, the Taliban’s demand for the departure of all Turkish forces will complicate any future mission. “Ensuring the safety of airport staff without the presence of the Turkish armed forces is a risky task,” he said on condition of anonymity. He added that talks with the Taliban on this issue are continuing.
Interviews with the Taliban
The second Turkish official, who was not named, said that the final decision on the matter would be made by August 31, the day when the expulsion of foreign forces from Afghanistan would be completed.
Turkey was part of the NATO mission in Afghanistan. According to Agence France-Presse, in recent months he has held several talks with Taliban officials on various issues, including the protection of Kabul airport after the departure of US and allied forces. However, Reuters reported that Ankara abandoned the plan last Monday due to the situation in the country, but also offered help to the Taliban if it requested it.
Ankara also announced last week that it welcomed the “positive messages” sent by the Taliban to the international community since they occupied most of Afghanistan, including Kabul.
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