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Kabul, “Islamabad provides airspace for US drones” – Asia

(ANSA) – KABUL, Aug. 28 – Afghan Defense Minister Mohammad Yaqoub Mujahid accused Pakistan of providing airspace for US drones to enter his country, describing the raids as a continuation of Washington’s “invasion”. Mujahid’s comments come less than a month after US President Joe Biden announced the killing of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone strike in Kabul. So far, says the minister, US drones continue to fly over the Afghan capital.

“Our information shows that US drones are entering Afghanistan from Pakistan using Islamabad’s airspace,” Mujahid said. “We demand that Pakistan not allow its airspace to be used against us,” he added. At the moment, the Pakistani military has not made any comments, but in the past it has already denied allowing the use of the country’s airspace. “We condemn this illegal act and call on the Americans to put an end to it,” Mujahid added.

The attack on al-Zawahiri, who succeeded Osama bin Laden, is the first of its kind for the United States against a target in Afghanistan since Washington withdrew its forces from the country on August 31, 2021, a few days after the Taliban returned to power. Since Islamic fundamentalists captured Kabul, tensions have increased on the border with Pakistan: Islamabad claims that armed groups regularly carry out attacks on Pakistan from Afghan soil, which the Taliban deny. (Dealing).

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