Will the Taliban hand over Bagram Air Base for CT operations to China or the United States? | World news
While a number of international terrorist groups now operate from Afghanistan, the Taliban cabinet meets on Friday to consider whether the Bagram air base north of Kabul could be handed over to a third country for aiding Islamists Pashtun Sunnis to launch counterterrorism operations. in the countryside. The two counted countries are Pakistan-backed China and the United States, which left the air base on July 5, 2021, after two decades of operations.
The scramble for power within the Taliban government with Defense Minister Mullah Yaqoob on one side and ISI-backed Interior Minister and global terrorist Sirajuddin Haqqani on the other has led to utter chaos in governance due to which terrorist groups have established themselves in Afghanistan as a base of operations. It was precisely because of this unfolding scenario that Pakistani Army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa disagreed with outgoing ISI chief Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed, as the former felt that there would be huge Islamic fallout on Pakistan. As Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and DG ISI rejoiced over the Taliban occupation of Kabul, Army chief Bajwa differed from them as fear was that Pakistan would turn into a rabid Islamic state. like Afghanistan under the Taliban.
At present, the United States is worried about al-Qaeda, the Haqqani network whose boss heads the Taliban government, and the so-called Islamic State of Khorasan province which is increasing in numbers in Afghanistan and exporting the terror to the west, China is worried about three terrorist groups operating in the Af-Pak region which have taken explicit anti-Beijing positions and have followed with violence. India-specific groups like Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba who have ideological affiliations with the Taliban vis-à-vis the Deobandi and Ahle-Hadith platforms have also started using Afghanistan to initiate operations across the Radcliffe line.
As China has decided to open another military base in Tajikistan to monitor the Wakhan Corridor which juts out into the very turbulent province of Xinjiang, it is courting the Taliban regime via Pakistan to ensure that Uyghur terrorists do not not start launching operations against Xi Jinping’s regime from Afghanistan. Even for the security of its Belt and Road initiative, China is worried about three terrorist groups. They are:
Balochistan Liberation Army: they attacked the Chinese consulate in Karachi with three suicide bombers in 2018 /
Tehreek-e-Taliban, Pakistan: offshoot of the Taliban, they claimed responsibility for the explosion of a car bomb in April 2021 next to a hotel in the capital of Balochistan where the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan was to stay. The bomb exploded a few minutes before the ambassador’s arrival.
ISKP: An offshoot of ISIS, the enraged Sunni force has started targeting the Chinese through propaganda if not bombs.
It is not only China that is worried about the security situation in Afghanistan, but also the Central Asian republics, as terrorist groups like the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and the East Turkestan Independence Movement are coming together. are settled in Afghanistan.
With the Biden administration now openly acknowledging the presence of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, the Taliban regime does not have the necessary air power to combat these terrorist groups, as no one can afford another protracted battle on earth.
In these circumstances, the Taliban are considering handing over the Bagram air base for counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan to a third power. While Pakistan wants the Taliban to cede the strategic base of Parwan province to China for control, part of the Taliban group opposes Beijing and prefers to cede it again to the United States. As the Central Asian republics have denied US base facilities for on-the-horizon capabilities and Pakistan is still trying to strike a deal with the Biden administration on this issue, the option for them United States to conduct TC operations from Bagram base is not excluded. The advantage of handing over the Bagram base to the United States is that Washington will accompany this gesture of the Taliban with humanitarian and development aid much needed for a country facing a severe drought. The big game is still not over in Afghanistan.