The Taliban said on Tuesday, Aug. 17, that U.S. troops should leave Afghanistan by Sept. 11 but said it would not attack the remaining U.S. forces in the country.
“I think they should get their troops out of Afghanistan,” the Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen said in an interview with Sky News.
Asked how long the Taliban will give the United States to evacuate, Shaheen said that President Joe Biden should respect the withdrawal agreement signed by the Trump administration last year, which had planned to pull the U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by mid-May.
“[The U.S.] have already violated the time frame which was enshrined in the Doha agreement. Then they announced that they will withdraw all their forces by September 11, so they should withdraw all their forces,” Shaheen said.
President Biden announced on July 8 that their military mission in Afghanistan would conclude on August 31. But his administration was forced to send thousands of soldiers back to the country to facilitate the evacuation of civilians and refugees after the Taliban quickly captured Kabul on Sunday, leading to the fall of the country’s government.
The U.S. suggested on Tuesday that “between 5,000 and 9,000” people could be evacuated per day for the next two weeks, with American troops still stationed at Kabul airport for the “coming weeks.”
The Taliban spokesman told Sky News that they are “committed not to attack them” and that “we have not attacked.”
According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, at least 11,000 Americans are currently in Afghanistan.
The U.S. State Department on Tuesday said roughly 5,000 Americans who have requested to leave Afghanistan were told their security on the way to the Kabul airport cannot be guaranteed, National Review reported via CBS News.
“Thank you for registering your request to be evacuated from Afghanistan. … Please make your way to Hamid Karzai International Airport at this time,” the note reads. “PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE UNITED STATES CANNOT GUARANTEE YOUR SECURITY AS YOU MAKE THIS TRIP.”
In their press conference on Tuesday, the Taliban said that they are working to form a government and vowed that “nobody will be harmed.”
The Taliban said their aim is to make sure “Afghanistan is no longer a battlefield of conflict.”
“We have pardoned all those who have fought against us. Animosities have come to an end,” a spokesman said. “We do not want to have any problems with the international community.”