Kabul: The Taliban stated Monday that Afghans who labored with overseas forces prior to now had nothing to worry as soon as worldwide troops go away, so long as they present “regret”.
US and NATO forces are persevering with to tug out, after US President Joe Biden set September 11 because the deadline to finish Washington’s 20-year navy involvement within the war-wracked nation.
Many interpreters have already left the nation on their very own whereas a number of have been relocated by their former employers, for worry that after the withdrawal they are going to be extra susceptible to revenge assaults from the insurgents.
“They shall not be in any hazard on our half,” the Taliban stated in a press release.
“The Islamic Emirate want to inform all of the above those who they need to present regret for his or her previous actions and should not interact in such actions sooner or later that quantity to treason towards Islam and the nation.”
These Afghans had been seen as foes beforehand after they labored with overseas forces, they stated.
“However after they abandon enemy ranks and choose to dwell as abnormal Afghans of their homeland, they won’t face any points (and) therefore they need to not stay fearful.”
Over the previous twenty years, dozens of Afghan translators have been killed and tortured in focused assaults by the Taliban.
In current weeks, many of those Afghans have staged demonstrations in Kabul, demanding that the overseas forces and embassies that they labored with ought to relocate them outdoors of Afghanistan.
“They’re monitoring us,” Omid Mahmoodi, an interpreter who labored with US forces between 2018 and 2020, advised AFP final week.
“The Taliban won’t pardon us. They’ll kill us and they’re going to behead us.”
One other interpreter Omar, who labored with the US embassy for about 10 years, feared that with out leaving the nation he wouldn’t evade the Taliban for lengthy.
“I remorse working for the US. It was the most important mistake of my life,” stated Omar, who requested AFP to not use his full title.
“My very own uncle and cousins name me an agent of America.”
The US, Britain and another nations stated they’d accelerated relocation of those interpreters and different Afghan staff who labored with them, however the course of has dragged on for years.
Final week the Taliban additionally tried to calm overseas embassies after the Australian mission shut down in Kabul.
The insurgents stated they would supply a “secure atmosphere” for these missions to work even after overseas forces go away the nation.