The Last American Military Flight Leaves Afghanistan, India Still Calibrating the Stand on Taliban Takeover

BP World Bureau | Aug 31 2021 12:17:31 PM
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The United States has put an end to its 20-year-long war in Afghanistan as the last American military flight took off from Kabul in the early hours of Tuesday, shortly before the August 31 deadline. US President Joe Biden thanked armed forces for their execution of the dangerous retrograde from Afghanistan as scheduled without further loss of American lives.

Taliban fighters fired their guns into the sky in celebration of their victory and independence. Hemad Sherzad, a Taliban fighter stationed at Kabul International airport, told The Indian Express that he cannot express happiness words as their 20 years of sacrifice worked.

The Taliban now has full control of Kabul's international airport as well as every other entry into Afghanistan. In a live stream posted by a militant, Taliban leaders were seen symbolically walking across the runway to mark their victory.

India is still calibrating its response to the diplomatic that had been extended by the Taliban leader Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai. New Delhi was reminded by Russia of the need to come to terms with the shifting sands in Afghanistan before the Taliban takeover, reported The Indian Express.

China has accepted the Taliban leadership and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met a Taliban delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Tianjin on July 28. Wang said that the Afghan Taliban is an important political and military force (that is) expected to play "an important role in the country’s peace, reconciliation and reconstruction process".

The Extended Troika on Afghanistan, comprising Russia, China, Pakistan, and the US had met in Doha on August 11, four days before the fall of Kabul.

Zamir Kabulov, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy on Afghanistan, said that India could play a role once the US exited Afghanistan. "India’s future efforts, in a more expanded format will only be welcomed. This expanded format will involve Afghanistan’s post-conflict development. Here, India’s clout and its role are rather significant," he added.

The United Nations Security Council, headed by India at the moment, adopted a resolution that demanded the Taliban do not use Afghan territory to threaten or attack any country or to shelter and train terrorists. The resolution was proposed by the UK, France, and the US. 13 council members voted in favour. Russia and China abstained from voting.