Taliban warn US of ‘negative consequences’ if it does not stop flying drones in Afghanistan

KABUL: The Taliban have warned Washington of “negative consequences” if it does not stop flying US drones in Afghanistan. 

“The US has violated all international rights and laws as well as its commitments made to the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, with the operation of these drones in Afghanistan,” the Taliban said in a statement on Twitter.

“We call on all countries, especially the United States, to treat Afghanistan in light of international rights, laws, and commitments … in order to prevent any negative consequences.”

US officials were not immediately available to comment.

The Taliban swept back into power in Afghanistan last month after most US and other Western troops left, ending a military and diplomatic mission that began soon after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

Taliban leaders deny Daesh and al Qaeda militants are active in the country, although the former’s Afghanistan chapter recently claimed responsibility for bomb attacks in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

The Taliban are under pressure from the international community to renounce ties with al Qaeda, the group behind the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington.