TALIBAN SPOKESMAN SAYS THEY MOVED IN TO KABUL QUICKLY TO ‘ENSURE SAFETY’ AS PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT ‘WAS SO INCOMPETENT’
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed the group had planned to stop at the gates to Kabul but said that because the previous administration was “so incompetent”, they had moved into the city to “ensure security”.
He said the security of foreign embassies was of “crucial importance” and that residents of Kabul should “be assured that your security is guaranteed”.
He added: “I would like to assure the international community including the United States that nobody will be harmed in Afghanistan, I would like to assure our neighbours, regional countries, we are not going to allow our territory to be used against anybody, any country in the world.”
Mr Mujahid said the Taliban should be “treated accordingly” by the international community.
“We do not want to have any problem with the international community,” he said. “We have the right to act on the basis of our religious principles and rules and regulations, this is the right of Afghans.”