The Pentagon said Saturday that the US does not need to coordinate counter-terrorism air strikes with the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said there was no need to speak to the Taliban about the need for air strikes on terrorists in Afghanistan, Tolo News reported.
“We are maintaining all the necessary agencies to conduct counter-terrorism operations across the horizon, and we remain confident that those capabilities will advance without talking about specific rules of engagement for air strikes. There is currently no requirement to vacate the Taliban airspace and we do not expect that future counter-terrorism attacks would depend on such clearance, “he said.
This comes a day after the Taliban made statements about demanding compensation from countries involved in the fighting in Afghanistan, Tolo News reported.
Meanwhile, the Taliban said the US should not interfere in Afghanistan’s affairs.
Javad Sar, a member of the Department of Information and Culture’s culture commission, said: “We expect the United States not to make irresponsible remarks. They carried out an air strike in Kabul and killed civilians, including children.”
The US carried out an air strike in Kabul on August 29, alleging targeting Daesh fighters, while later found the victims were civilians. The Pentagon later apologized for the attack.