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Threat of Terrorism After Transfer of Power in Afghanistan

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August 31, 2021, which is the deadline for foreign troops withdrawal from Afghanistan, is only a matter of days. Many people worry about the future of Afghanistan after the country is controlled by the hardline Islamist group, the Taliban.

Last Sunday, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation or OIC held an Executive Committee level extraordinary meeting at its  headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, specifically to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan.

As  results of the meeting, the OIC called for Afghanistan not to become a refuge for terrorists. It  also encourages inclusive dialogue to address the Afghanistan crisis.

Not only the OIC, concerns about the future of Afghanistan were also stated  by a number of international organizations such as the United Nations security council, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) up to the G7.

They question is,  will Al-Qaeda seize  the momentum   to consolidate itself with  the potential to become a global terror threat? Because it is known that when the Taliban came to power in 1996 to 2001, Al-Qaeda got a breath of fresh air and became a threat to many parties.

As the Associated Press noted, the OIC's concerns are not without reason. The terrorist group operating in Afghanistan is not only Al-Qaeda, but there is also the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). This group is known not  really in line with the Taliban.  However, their  acts of terror in the past have shocked the world.

So it is natural that at this time the international community is not fully confident in the ability of the Taliban to guarantee and ensure that Afghanistan will be clean of the world's terrorist groups and seeds.

The OIC's call for Afghanistan not to become a base for terrorist organizations is very appropriate. Considering that the OIC was born from a collection of Islamic countries that are committed to helping Muslim communities around the world, including in Afghanistan, achieve peace, security, stability, and development.

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