Turki al faisal response to developments in Afghanistan and the role of Iran and Pakistan

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Publish Date: 9:34 - 31 August 2021
Tuesday, 31 August 2021 (YJC)_The former head of Saudi intelligence, expressing concern about the possibility of militants using US weapons in Afghanistan, said Iran, Pakistan and China and Russia are influential in Afghanistan.

Turki al faisal response to developments in Afghanistan and the role of Iran and PakistanThe former head of Saudi Arabia's intelligence service said he was "very concerned" that US weapons in Afghanistan would fall into the hands of militant groups such as al-Qaeda, which would strengthen the sworn enemy of the United States following its withdrawal from Afghanistan.
"I do not know what words to use, incompetence, recklessness, bad management," Turki al-Faisal, the former head of Saudi intelligence, told CBS News about the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. "It was all a combination of these."
"You know that al-Qaeda targeted Saudi Arabia before anyone else," al-Faisal said, referring to Saudi Arabia. "This is a very worrying aspect, and now that the weapons may be handed over by the Taliban to its ally al-Qaeda, it will be even more worrying."
Turki al-Faisal added that Saudi Arabia's regional rivals, Iran, Pakistan and foreign powers such as China and Russia, will have a significant impact in strategic competition with the United States in Afghanistan and among the groups that will reunite after the US withdrawal.
"We saw that the ambassadors of Russia, China, Iran and Pakistan not only remained in Kabul, but also made statements about future relations with the Taliban," he added.

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