Turkey Offers Help Securing Afghan Airport

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has offered to secure Afghanistan’s vital Kabul international airport in a bid to improve US-Turkey relations.

This comes as American and NATO troops complete their pullout from the war-battered country.

However, a Taliban warning underscores the military and diplomatic challenges of the Turkish offer. 

The drive to Kabul’s main airport has turned into a crawl during the 20-year US security presence in Afghanistan, with ever-increasing security checkpoints slowing travellers as they inch towards the Hamid Karzai International Airport.

The squares – named after prominent anti-Taliban resistance heroes, Ahmad Shah Massoud and Abdul Haq –  strike defiant notes these days as the Taliban gains ground and foreign embassies issue evacuation advisories for their nationals in Afghanistan.

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