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Geostrategic interests of US, allies are in destabilizing region, including Afghanistan, analyst says

People gather at the scene of deadly blasts in a Shia mosque in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on October 15, 2021. (Photo by Anadolu)

It does suit the geostrategic interests of the United States and its allies to keep the West Asian region, including Afghanistan, "destabilized and in disarray”, a political commentator says.

John Wight, a writer and political analyst from Edinburgh, made the remarks during an extended coverage by Press TV about the events unfolding in Afghanistan on Friday.

Earlier in day, back-to-back suicide bomb attacks claimed by Daesh terrorists on a Shia mosque in Afghanistan’s southern city of Kandahar killed over 60 people and wounded scores of others, in the second major attack on Shia worshippers in Afghanistan in a week.

Following the disastrous withdrawal of the US forces from Afghanistan and as the Taliban have not yet organized themselves in the country, “everything is in disarray. Chaos is all over the place. And this is the sad consequence,” Wight said.

He said the US and its allies destabilized the country “in the name of democracy and in the name of human rights”, adding that Washington does not understand the “folly” of such policy, which “will not stop in Afghanistan.”

“I hope the Taliban can get to the top of it with the aid of neighboring countries such as Iran, China and Russia. But this will not stop in Afghanistan. There will be blowbacks. They will hit the streets of the US and UK and other Western countries,” Wight added.

Sam Mehdi Torabi, the director of Resalat Strategic Studies Institute, from the Iranian city of Qom, was the other analyst, who said it is “too early to judge the performance” of the Taliban in ensuring the security and safety of the minorities in Afghanistan, adding that the same issue can be seen in some countries that call themselves secure.

“If you remember, when the Turks started to bring in the very same Takfiris into Syria, you basically had a bombing in Turkey every week,” he noted, adding, “Whoever deals with the Daesh people, which is basically the West and their regional allies, they are going to have to deal with this issue.”

Torabi stressed the one group that can actually combat the Daesh Takfiris very well is the Taliban.

He also emphasized that eradicating the Daesh Takfiris and restoring security in Afghanistan require cooperation with Iran, Russia, China and Pakistan, as all of them have already expressed their readiness to deal with the issue.   

“Any country that is rising from the ashes of 50 years of perpetual war -- and we have to remember that Afghanistan has literally been at war for 50 years -- is going to take time [to provide security],” Torabi further said.

The Taliban took power in Afghanistan in mid-August, as the US was in the middle of a troop withdrawal from the country. The Taliban announced the formation of a caretaker government on September 7.

The Taliban first ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, when the United States invaded the country and toppled the Taliban-run government on the pretext of fighting terrorism following the September 11 attacks in the US.

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