Taliban violated Doha agreement by harboring Al-Qaeda chief, USA

ISLAMABAD, Aug 03 (Alliance News): US Secretary of State Anthony Blanken has said that the Taliban has openly violated the Doha Agreement by harboring Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

According to foreign media, US President Joe Biden said yesterday that Ayman al-Zawahiri, the head of al-Qaeda and a close associate of Osama bin Laden, was killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan, which was the first time the armed group had killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. It’s a big blow.

“Despite the Taliban’s failure to keep their promises, we will continue to provide humanitarian aid to the Afghan people and protect their human rights, particularly the rights of women and girls,” Antony Blanken said in a statement.

On the other hand, the Taliban today admitted that the US had carried out the drone attack but did not give any details of the casualties and did not name al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, who is believed to be the main planner of the 9/11 attacks on the US.

The Interior Ministry denied reports of the drone strike, but Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Tuesday that it was being investigated because the drone strike was ongoing.

Afghan citizens are shocked by the death of al-Qaeda chief
On the other hand, Afghan citizens have expressed surprise over the killing of the al-Qaeda chief in a US drone strike, saying they were not sure Ayman al-Zawahiri was hiding around them.

Speaking to foreign media, 66-year-old Faheem Shah, a resident of Afghanistan’s capital, said it was just propaganda.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, 71, was on the balcony of a three-story building in the Sherpur neighborhood when he was hit by two Hellfire missiles shortly after dawn on Sunday, a senior US official said.

Faheem Shah, a citizen, said that in the past we heard such propaganda but there was no such thing, in fact I don’t think that the Al-Qaeda leader was killed here.

Abdul Kabir, another Kabul resident, said he heard the sound of the attack on Sunday morning but still called on the US to prove who was killed.

Kabir said that they (US) should show the people and the world that we killed this man and this is the proof.

“We think he killed someone else and announced that it was the head of al-Qaeda, but there are many other places where he could be hiding, like in Pakistan or in Iraq,” he said.

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The attack is expected to worsen already strained relations between Washington and the Taliban, who pledged under a deal to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a haven for militants, which led to the U.S. military withdrawal last year. He was evacuated from there.

Muhammad Bilal, a university student, believed that Ayman al-Zawahiri’s presence in Kabul was not possible.

He said that this is a terrorist group and I don’t think they will send their leader to Afghanistan.

He said that when the Taliban had a conflict with the former Afghan forces, most of the leaders of the groups, including the Taliban, lived either in Pakistan or in the United Arab Emirates.

However, Ferishta, a housewife in Kabul, said on condition of anonymity that she was shocked to learn of Ayman al-Zawahiri’s murder.

The woman said that it was very painful to know that he was living here.

A shopkeeper also expressed surprise and said that any terrorist group can enter our land, use it and leave easily. Unable to protect their property.

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