Biden’s national security advisor, Jake Sullivan, stated in a TV interview on Tuesday, August 31, that the U.S. government is willing to send financial aid and establish diplomatic relations with the Taliban extremists if they comply with their commitments.
In an interview with ‘Good Morning America,’ Sullivan expressed the U.S. government’s intention to continue providing humanitarian aid to the country and did not rule out the possibility of establishing diplomatic relations with the Taliban regime, which could even mean economic assistance.
“We do believe that there is an important dimension of humanitarian assistance that should go directly to the people of Afghanistan,” the adviser stated when asked if Biden intended to work with the Taliban. “They need help with respect to health and food aid and other forms of subsistence, and we do intend to continue that.”
But as for sending them financial assistance and establishing diplomatic relations, the senior official said there was a precondition.
“When it comes to our economic and development assistance relationship with the Taliban, that will be about the Taliban’s actions. It will be about whether they follow through on their commitments, their commitments to safe passage for Americans and Afghan allies, their commitment to not allow Afghanistan to be a base from which terrorists can attack the United States or any other country, their commitments with respect to upholding international obligations.”
“It’s going to be up to them, and we will wait and see by their actions how we end up responding in terms of the economic and developmental assistance relationship,” the national security adviser added.
According to The Hill, this Wednesday, Sept. 1, at a Pentagon press conference, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, along with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, said ‘it is possible’ that the U.S. government will coordinate with Taliban terrorists in counterterrorism operations to overthrow ISIS-K.
Milley, referring to having maintained contact they had with the Taliban in the recent time to make sure to evacuate Americans, said, “As far as our dealings with them at that airfield or in the past year or so, in war, you do what you must in order to reduce risk to mission and force, not what you necessarily want to do.”
For his part, the defense secretary set as a priority overthrowing ISIS-K: “We’re going to do everything that we can to make sure that we remain focused on ISIS-K, understanding that network and at the time of our choosing in the future, hold them accountable for what they’ve done.”
According to various sources on the ground, within hours of the Taliban terrorist group taking over the country, and despite their spokesman’s assurances of intentions to ‘rebuild’ Afghanistan, the Taliban were going door to door in Kabul and executing people.
The main targets, reportedly, were Afghans who had helped the U.S. government in various ways over the years and foreign nationals.
According to a Fox News report, a source in Afghanistan explained why nothing attention-grabbing had been seen yet:
“They are not doing really bad stuff in Kabul right now because there’s a lot of media focus on Kabul, but they already started public execution in other provinces where a lot of media is not available or covering it.”
Reports from Christian organizations that have been involved for years in promoting religion in Africa and the Middle East confirm that:
“The Taliban are going door-to-door taking women and children. The people must mark their house with an “X” if they have a girl over 12 years old, so that the Taliban can take them. If they find a young girl and the house was not marked they will execute the entire family. If a married woman 25 years or older has been found, the Taliban promptly kill her husband, do whatever they want to her, and then sell her as a sex slave.”
After the September 11 terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, the United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 because Al-Qaeda —to whom the attack was attributed— was conducting its operations from the country while under the rule of the Taliban.
The U.S. military displaced the Taliban and helped establish a democratic government, although the group never ceased to be active.
Twenty years later, the U.S. decided to withdraw its military from the country, only to see Taliban extremists overthrow the government and take control of Afghanistan in a matter of weeks.