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Afghans are the victims, former Afghanistan ambassador says amid Kabul turmoil

Afghanistan has been “used” by different nations, and the native persons are the victims. That was the message from a resistance chief and former ambassador to the U.Ok. who spoke to CNBC this week.

Ahmad Wali Massoud, whose late brother was well-known resistance fighter Ahmad Shah Massoud, mentioned there are numerous terrorist teams within the nation, and Afghans have no idea the place they got here from or “who’s who” amid the chaos and turmoil.

“We expect that we’re the sufferer of various nations’ pursuits in Afghanistan, and our nation have been used, and ourselves have been used and our blood have been used,” he instructed “Squawk Field Asia” on Friday.

The nation and the folks’s blood have been used to serve the pursuits of different nations, he mentioned someday after an assault close to Kabul’s airport which killed at the very least 13 U.S. service members and quite a lot of Afghan civilians.

Studies estimate that the entire demise toll is at the very least 85. Terror group ISIS claimed duty for the suicide bombings that occurred lower than two weeks after the Taliban seized the presidential palace in Kabul.

That is the start of a brand new rivalry in our nation.

Ahmad Wali Massoud

Former Afghanistan ambassador to the U.Ok.

“I do not know what kind of sport is occurring … what we all know is that we’re struggling. We’re the [victims] — our soil, our nation, our folks,” he mentioned.

Extra assaults are anticipated and this may occasionally simply be the beginning, mentioned Massoud, who can also be founder and president of Massoud Basis.

“That is the start of a brand new rivalry in our nation,” he mentioned, pointing to competing intelligence providers, nations and terrorists that exist in Afghanistan. He later characterised it as a “very harmful sport” within the nation.

Requested if the U.S. and different forces will likely be dragged again into Afghanistan, Massoud mentioned he didn’t know, however criticized the West for “irresponsibly” leaving the nation after 20 years.

“What the worldwide neighborhood, particularly the West, promised Afghanistan — that form of … backfired,” he mentioned, including that there’s nonetheless struggling and killing happening. “That is mostly a dismay to us.”

Rising resistance

There may be, nonetheless, a rising anti-terrorism resistance in Afghanistan, Massoud mentioned.

For the time being, it’s centered in Panjshir — a province in northeast Afghanistan that has not fallen to the Taliban — and adjoining provinces, however will increase throughout the nation, he mentioned. The resistance may have political and cultural energy, past navy may, he mentioned.

“The ladies of Afghanistan … they’re a part of the resistance. The civil society, the younger era of the nation, all of them would not have the identical perception of Taliban or ISIS-Ok or another terrorist group,” mentioned Massoud, including that they’re a power to be reckoned with.

He additionally mentioned there is a “new breed” and new era of Afghans becoming a member of the resistance.

“This our nation. We now have to actually … defend the dignity of our nation, we can not simply go away it like that,” he mentioned.

That mentioned, the resistance is keen to speak to the Taliban to learn how dedicated the Islamic militant group is to Afghanistan.

“Let’s save Afghanistan from different interference, from this … rivalry of various gamers, of various video games,” he mentioned. If the Taliban does that, the nation may be saved. If not, they’re a part of the “tragedy that we’re seeing,” he mentioned.

— CNBC’s Amanda Macias contributed to this report


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