Shortly after the takeover, the Taliban fighters sent a strong warning to the US and UK over the evacuation mission of its forces.
Military forces are due to leave the country on August 31 under a military withdrawal agreement and, in practice, evacuation efforts will need to cease before then to allow time for military personnel to safely leave.
The Taliban has however said that they will not allow the Afghanistan evacuation mission by Western forces to run beyond an August 31 deadline, threatening that there will be consequences if the date is extended.
The Taliban issued the warning after the UK prime minister, Boris Johnson said he could work with the US and other European leaders to stay on the ground beyond the end of the month.
US forces numbering 6000, supported by 1,000 British soldiers and more from other allies, continue to hold part of the Kabul airport with Taliban fighters permitting the Western nations to airlift people out of the country.
Speaking with Sky News, Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen said the date is ‘a red line’.
He said: ‘President Biden announced that on 31 August they would withdraw all their military forces. So if they extend it that means they are extending occupation while there is no need for that.
‘It will create mistrust between us. If they are intent on continuing the occupation it will provoke a reaction.’
At least 20 have died in shootings and stampedes ‘in and around the airport, according to Nato since the Taliban took over the city of Kabul.
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