Turkey has begun withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan. The Turkish National Defense Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
The statement said, “Turkish military forces are returning to their homeland with the pride of successfully fulfilling their responsibilities.”
In 2002, Turkish troops first arrived in Afghanistan under an agreement with the United Nations and NATO, the statement said. It said Turkish troops were in charge of security at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport.
Meanwhile, 1,129 Turkish civilians have been evacuated from Afghanistan, the statement said.
“The withdrawal from Afghanistan will be completed within 36 hours,” Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesman for the Turkish president, said in a televised interview. Our troops have successfully completed their duties. ‘
“Civilian experts will now assist in the management of Kabul airport,” he said. We have to understand the reality at the field level.
Earlier on Wednesday, Turkish officials said the Taliban had appealed to Turkey for technical assistance in operating Kabul airport after the withdrawal of foreign troops. But they are urging Turkish troops to leave Afghanistan by the August deadline.
In 2001, US forces invaded Afghanistan following a terrorist attack in the United States. The then Taliban government in Afghanistan retreated in the face of an attack by sophisticated US troops.
However, the country has been at war for two decades.
After a two-decade US occupation of Afghanistan, Washington agreed to withdraw US troops from Qatar in February 2020 through a peace deal in Doha, Qatar. In contrast, the Taliban agreed to take part in establishing peace in Afghanistan.
According to the agreement, the Taliban tried to reach an agreement with the US-backed Afghan government, but no agreement was reached between the two sides. In the wake of the withdrawal of US troops this year, the Taliban began campaigning for control of the entire country. Three and a half months after the operation began in May, the Taliban took control of the capital, Kabul, on August 15.
Source: Daily Sabah