Al-Qaeda is still well represented in Afghanistan, but the UN is trying to encourage the Taliban to disassociate themselves from the terrorists, according to the head of the UN Counterterrorism Office/s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/320xH/media/img/6/17/756595625667176.webp 320w” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px)” >
The UN is doing everything it can to encourage the Taliban to dissociate themselves from al-Qaeda terrorists (both organizations are recognized as terrorist and banned in Russia). This was stated by the Deputy Secretary General of the UN, the head of the Counter-Terrorism Department of the organization Vladimir Voronkov, TASS reports. Ayman al-Zawahiri in Afghanistan, Voronkov said that despite the efforts of the UN, al-Qaeda still “quite well represented in Afghanistan.”
“My department is doing everything possible to induce the Taliban to dissociate itself from terrorists»,— he stressed.
President Joe Biden announced the elimination of the leader of Al-Qaeda in Kabul; al-Zawahiri on 2 August. He called what happened “a success in every way”; and stressed that the United States intends to do everything so that Afghanistan does not become a “safe haven” for terrorists.
Al-Zawahiri became the leader of al-Qaeda in 2011, after the elimination by US forces of the previous head of the group, Osama bin Laden. In September, the Pentagon offered a reward for data on the whereabouts of al-Zawahiri— $25 million
According to Politico, Reuters and AP, the strike was carried out by a drone on Sunday, July 31. The United States did not announce the elimination of the leader of the terrorist group before confirming his death, the agencies indicated. Taliban government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid strongly condemned the attack on Kabul, calling it a violation of “international principles”.
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hiding out al-Zawahiri and violating the Doha agreements. “They [the Taliban] have also betrayed the Afghan people and their own stated desire for international recognition and normalization,” Blinken emphasized.
The Doha Agreement mentioned by Blinken, US and Taliban representatives signed about two and a half years ago, in February 2020. In particular, the United States was obliged to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, and the Taliban were to prevent the presence of “other states and organizations” in the controlled territories.
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