Hundreds foreign troops will stay on in Afghanistan under US plans to stop the Taliban capturing capital Kabul, a British newspaper reported Wednesday.
According to The Sun, a Turkish garrison will secure the city’s airport and 600 US troops could be deployed to protect their embassy.
“The airport is key. Without it there is no way in and out safely so everyone would leave. If that happens Kabul crumble,” the paper said citing a source.
“Turkish troops are Muslims, so the Taliban can’t claim there are infidels on Afghan soil,” a source added.
“But the Turks don’t want to do it on their own. The question is who will help them.”
A Turkish military source was quoted as saying: “If the Afghans want us in Afghanistan, we will be there.”