Afghanistan: Taliban warn northern neighbors of ‘consequences’ of not returning aircraft

Afghanistan: Taliban warn northern neighbors of 'consequences' of not returning aircraft

The ruling Taliban in Afghanistan have warned neighboring Tajikistan and Uzbekistan of “consequences” in case they fail to return the Afghan Air Force aircraft and helicopters that were flown into their territories by fleeing pilots during the US military exit in August last year.

All Afghan Air Force aircraft and helicopters “taken abroad must be returned… (without) testing our patience,” Taliban Defense Minister Mawlawi Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid said in his speech at an Afghan Air Force event in Kabul on Tuesday.

“I respectfully call on Uzbekistan and Tajikistan not to test our patience and not to force us to take all possible retaliatory steps to retake the aircraft,” the Afghan official was quoted as saying by TOLO News.

In his speech, the Taliban official said all the pilots and flight engineers who had fled the country were welcome to return to Afghanistan. He described the pilots as heroes.

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