Kabul, Washington Accuse Each Other of Violating Doha Pact

Afghanistan: After a drone strike conducted by the US on the Kabul green zone of Sherpur, in which the US said Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of the al-Qaeda network, was killed, Kabul and Washington have accused each other of violating the Doha agreement.

US President Joe Biden announced the killing of the al-Qaeda leader in a live announcement.

The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement that “by hosting and sheltering the leader of al Qaida in Kabul, the Taliban grossly violated the Doha Agreement and repeated assurances to the world that they would not allow Afghan territory to be used by terrorists to threaten the security of other countries.”

Meanwhile, the Islamic Emirate’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid confirmed the airstrike but didn’t provide details, however he accused the US of violating the agreement signed between the two side on February 29, 2020, in the Gulf State of Qatar.

The Islamic Emirate has yet to provide details about the US president’s remarks about targeting Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of the al-Qaeda network in Kabul.

“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,” Mujahid said in a statement. “IEA strongly condemns this attack on any cause and calls it a clear violation of international principles and the Doha Agreement.”

“When the US exited, it destroyed the radars of the airport, therefore such attacks could not be prevented and this attack is an obvious violation by the US in Afghanistan,” said Mohammad Nasir Haqqani, a political analyst.

“The US should have remained committed to whatever was promised in the Doha agreement but this attack showed that the US itself has violated the Doha agreement,” said Sayed Akbar Agha, a political analyst.

The agreement signed in Doha called on the Islamic Emirate to cut ties with the al-Qaeda network.

“The Doha agreement is clearly saying that the Taliban should cut ties with terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and not allow these groups to act against the US from Afghanistan, and the leader of al-Qaeda has been in Kabul,” said Torek Farhadi, a political analyst.

“The killing of al Zawahiri means that the Taliban have relations with the al-Qaeda group and their credibility has dropped in the eyes of the international community and it will directly affect their recognition by the international community,”  said Mahdi Afzali, a political analyst.

According to Reuters, in January, 2006, CIA-operated Predator drones fired missiles at a house in Damadola, a village in the Pakistani tribal region of Bajaur, in the belief that Zawahiri was visiting. He was not but at least 18 villagers were killed.