US's Kirby Says Afghanistan Not Going to Be 'Safe Haven' in Future
In the wake of the US's announcement of killing al-Qaeda leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, the NSC's strategic communications coordinator John Kirby said at a press conference: " I think if you were to ask some members of al Qaeda — ask them how safe they feel in Afghanistan right now, I think we proved to a fare-thee-well this weekend that it isn’t a safe haven and it isn’t going to be, going forward."
The EU special envoy for Afghanistan, Tomas Niklasson said on Twitter that the Islamic Emirate reiterated "Afghanistan would not become a safe haven for terrorists" but "the killing of Mr Al-Zawahiri ... in Kabul reinforces previous doubts about such claims."
Talking to NPR, US former special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said that allowing the head of al-Qaida in Afghanistan, in Kabul, was a gross violation of that agreement.
“Well, that's obviously wrong. And the agreement is clear. That's in black and white. Allowing someone to plot and plan, attack - someone who plotted and planned the 9/11 attack ... carried out other attacks on the United States--to stay in Kabul and issue a statement threatening the security of the United States, is clear beyond any doubt a violation of the Doha agreement,” said Khalilzad in response the Islamic Emirate accusing the US of violating the Doha agreement by initiating this drone strike.
The US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said that the US will not allow “anyone to use Afghanistan as a launching pad for terrorist attacks.”
“The United States will not rest, will not allow for safe haven, will not allow anyone to use Afghanistan as a launching pad for terrorist attacks against the United States or against the American interest anywhere,” he said.
Following the US announcement of killing Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of al-Qaeda, the US State Dept issued a warning to citizens that the “supporters of al-Qaida, or its affiliated terrorist organizations, may seek to attack US facilities, personnel, or citizens.”
“Afghanistan should again try trust-building with the US, over al-Qaeda not existing in Afghanistan and not having military activity and rhetoric,” said Torek Farhadi, a political analyst.
Meanwhile, the Gulf state of Qatar in a statement called for the preservations of gains of the Doha agreement.
“The state of Qatar is following the developments in Afghanistan and calls on all parties to maintain the gains of the Doha agreement and adhere to it, including that Afghanistan should not be a haven for terrorist and extremist individuals and organizations,” the Qatari Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The Pakistani Foreign Ministry said in a statement that “Pakistan condemns terrorism is all its forms and manifestations.”
US President Joe Biden on Monday announced the killing of Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of al-Qaeda, by a US drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan.