KABUL, Afghanistan – Abdul Salam Hanafi, the second Deputy Prime Minister of the Islamic Emirate, said the United States drone strike in Kabul violates both national sovereignty and the Doha Agreement, according to sources.
On Monday night, President Biden administration announced an American drone strike killed Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri at an urban safe house in Afghanistan.
“These issues are still unclear to us, the only thing we know for sure is that a drone attack has taken place, which is against international law and the Doha Agreement,” Hanafi said, as TOLOnews quoted.
American intelligence agencies tracked down al-Zawahri in Kabul earlier this year and then spent months determining if it really was him hiding out in a crowded neighborhood of the Afghan capital, which drew questions whether the Taliban provides sanctuary to terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.
But the Islamic Emirate defied the criticism, saying Afghanistan soil is not used for any thread against other countries, including the United States.
“The Islamic Emirate’s policy, which has been repeatedly stated to the people, is that our soil is not used against our neighbors,” Hanafi said.
Meanwhile, political analysts believe the recent drone attack affected the relationship between Washington and Kabul, saying now formal recognition of the Taliban is completely out of the topic.
“This (drone strike) means the non-recognition of the Islamic Emirate, now it is 1000% clear that no one will recognize it, and the US, which has shown some flexibility to give Afghanistan’s money, now will definitely not give it,” said Sayed Ishaq Gailani, leader of the Afghanistan Solidarity Movement.
“After this, every claim the Taliban foreign minister has made or will make at international meetings will be considered false,” said Aziz Marij, former diplomat.
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Earlier this week, President Biden announced an American drone strike killed Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri at an urban safe house in Afghanistan – a key plotter of the 9/11 terrorist attacks who took over as the leader of Al Qaeda after Osama bin Laden’s death.
“Now justice has been delivered and this terrorist leader is no more,” Biden said in a seven-minute nationally televised address from the White House, as the New York Times quoted.
“We make it clear again tonight,” he added, “that no matter how long it takes, no matter where you hide, if you are a threat to our people, the United States will find you and take you out.”
The Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid in a statement confirmed that a strike took place and strongly condemned it, calling it a violation of “international principles.”
“The security and intelligence agencies of the Islamic Emirate investigated the incident and found in their preliminary investigations that the attack was carried out by American drones,” the statement read.
“IEA strongly condemns this attack on any cause and calls it a clear violation of international principles and the Doha Agreement.”