The Taliban has warned that there would be “consequences” if the United States and the United Kingdom extend the presence of troops in Afghanistan beyond next week.
The situation at the Kabul airport has been chaotic since the US began evacuation of its citizens and Afghans who worked with its troops during the 20-year occupation of the country.
The rapid fall of the country to the Islamists last weekend shocked Western nations, coming just two weeks before the August 31 deadline for all troops to fully withdraw from the Middle-East country.
Instead, thousands of US soldiers have returned to the country to manage the frantic airlifting operations.
“If the US or UK were to seek additional time to continue evacuations — the answer is no. Or there would be consequences,” Taliban spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, told Sky News on Monday.
“Staying beyond the agreed deadline would be extending occupation”, he added.
The rush to leave Kabul has sparked harrowing scenes at the airport in the capital city, with at least eight people killed and some crushed to death.
One Afghan was killed and three others were injured in a dawn firefight on Monday.
German military said the fight erupted between Afghan guards and unknown assailants.