Taliban says no one will use Afghan territory to launch attacks
SPIN BOLDAK, AFGHANISTAN - JUNE 18: Afghans line up at the Afghan-Pakistan border crossing at Spin Boldak to cross into Pakistan on June 18, 2006 in Spin Boldak, Afghanistan. While some form of identification is usually required to enter Pakistan, thousands of people cross into Afghanistan daily, without any form of ID required. Although most are ethnic Afghans living on the Pakistani side commuting to work, Afghan President Hamid Karzai also says that Taliban fighters based in Pakistan cross into Afghan territory to launch attacks on Coalition and Afghan forces. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says group won’t allow territory ‘to be used against anybody or any country’.

The Taliban held its first official news conference in Kabul since the shock seizure of the city, declaring on Tuesday it wished for peaceful relations with other countries.

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“We don’t want any internal or external enemies,” the movement’s main spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, said.

The spokesman asserted that the rights of women will be protected within the framework of Islam.

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The group previously declared an “amnesty” across Afghanistan and urged women to join its government, trying to calm nerves across a tense capital city that only the day before saw chaos at its airport as thousands mobbed the city’s international airport in a desperate attempt to flee.

Evacuation flights from Afghanistan resumed as a Western security official told the Reuters news agency on Tuesday that the Kabul airport’s tarmac and runway – which troops from the United States control – were now clear of crowds.

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The official said military flights evacuating diplomats and civilians from Afghanistan have started taking off.

At least seven people died in Monday’s chaos, including several people who clung to the sides of a jet as it took off.

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The Taliban has meanwhile declared the war in Afghanistan over and a senior leader said the group would wait until foreign forces had left before creating a new governance structure.

China said it was ready for “friendly relations” with the Taliban, while Russia and Iran also made diplomatic overtures.

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