Erdogan Claims Taliban Asked Turkey to Take Charge at Kabul Airport in Wake of Deadly Attacks

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At least 170 people were killed and over 1,330 others injured in Thursday’s bombing and gun attacks outside Kabul’s airport, among them 13 US service members and 28 Taliban* fighters. Daesh-Khorasan* claimed responsibility for the acts of terror, saying they targeted “Crusaders and apostates,” American forces, and “spies.”

The Taliban have asked Ankara to take control of the Hamid Karzai International Airport, but the Turkish side has yet to make a final decision on the matter, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

“Yesterday’s attack showed once again how dangerous and unhuman the Daesh terror organization is in the region and the world,” the president added, referring to Thursday’s terror attacks.

The president confirmed that the Taliban and Turkey held their first formal talks on Friday, with the discussions said to have lasted three and a half hours. “If necessary, we will have the opportunity to hold such talks again,” Erdogan said.

The president also confirmed that Turkey had fully evacuated its embassy compound in the Afghan capital, and that diplomats and other staff had been transported to the section of the airport where Turkish servicemen are present for future evacuation.

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