Taliban ‘Open Letter’ to Trump Urges US to Leave Afghan

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Taliban ‘Open Letter’ to Trump Urges US to Leave Afghan

The Taliban called on US President Donald Trump on Tuesday to review the strategy for the war in Afghanistan and to hold peaceful dialogue directly with Afghans instead of engaging “corrupt” politicians.

Written in a tone of negotiation, the Taliban asked Trump to study the “historical mistakes” of his predecessors and to withdraw troops from Afghanistan completely.

The letter urged the US to interact with Afghans “generously” instead of imposing war.

“It seems to be a historical mistake on part of the previous administrations to have dispatched American youth for the slaughter of Afghans. However, as a responsible American president, you need to study the mistakes of your predecessors and prevent death and injury to American forces in Afghanistan,” it said, Al Jazeera reported.

Afghanistan was invaded by the United States in 2001 and has become Washington’s longest military intervention since Vietnam. It has also been the costliest with more than $100bn spent.

“American youth are not born to be killed in the deserts and mountains of Afghanistan in order to establish the writ of thieves and corrupt officials and neither would their parents approve of them killing civilians in Afghanistan,” the letter said.

The Taliban also accused Afghan politicians and generals of protracting the war and occupation for personal gain.

“A number of warmongering congressmen and generals in Afghanistan are pressing you to protract the war in Afghanistan because they seek to preserve their military privileges, but instead you must act responsibly as the fate of many Americans and Afghans alike is tied to this issue.”

In a press conference on Monday, US Defense Secretary James Mattis said all options for Afghanistan remained on the table, and a full withdrawal of troops is one of them.

Trump has yet to announce a strategy for Afghanistan, but Mattis said one is “very, very close”.

Possible plans include sending thousands more troops into the nearly 16-year conflict, or taking the opposite tack and pulling out, leaving private military contractors to help the Afghans oversee the fragile security situation.

Erik Prince, founder of the private security company Blackwater, has offered his private military force for Afghanistan, proposing a two-year plan in which American troops – aside from a handful of special forces – would be replaced by his army of about 5,500 contractors who would train Afghan soldiers and join them in the fight against the Taliban.

However, the Taliban said privatizing the war effort would be a grave mistake.

If the war can’t be won with “professional US and NATO troops … you shall never be able to win it with mercenaries, notorious contractor firms, and immoral stooges”, the Taliban letter said.

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7 Responses to "Taliban ‘Open Letter’ to Trump Urges US to Leave Afghan"

  1. That Person  August 18, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    If by “Taliban” you mean pakistan. Sure, they would love America to leave so they can invade full force once again. The US should really be in pakistan pummeling those people to the ground. They’re in the wrong country, by design no doubt.

  2. Sukhoi Berkut  August 17, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    The “Opium Wars” were two wars in the 19 century where UK attacked China to enforce it to buy opium.
    Why? The drug lord at the time was the British royal family.
    And who is the drug lord now? The same British royal family, nothing changed.

    On 2001 the Taliban reduced the opium production to zero. Then USA army and NATO were sent to restore the drug production, ensuring the continuous profit for the drug lords.

    And USA army will not leave Afghanistan unless the opium production is ensured in other ways, that is very unlikely.

  3. joetv  August 17, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Sounds fair to me. Prince is no prince! So can that rancid sardine. There’s a saying, “no money is better than government money”. And it has nothing to do with value. It’s more toward the low hanging fruit.

  4. JohnZ  August 17, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Madness. Sheer madness. America needs to get out of the middle east and Eric the evil Prince needs to be brought down along with his band of thugs and gangsters.
    America’s involvement in Afghanistan has caused so much death and damage to the Pashtuns of the region not to mention the the flow of cheap heroin into the states. Americans cannot link the two together. Americans have no clue while their fellow citizens are dying from O.D. and their children become addicted to cheap heroin from Afghanistan all the while the politicians, the Pentagram and the departments created to wage a war on drugs become so corrupt and self serving to the point of treason and malfeasance. Washington is not just a swamp it is a cess pool. The reaking stink from it fills the nostrils of every American.
    Trump panders to white supremacists and neo-nazis and then promises more American troops to Afghanistan …for what? To make sure the opium crop remains safe?
    Someone should kidnap his kids and drop them off in the middle of nowhere in Afghanistan.

  5. Eduardo  August 16, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    If the war in Afghanistan has “costed” the American Taxpayer 100 billion so far – how much was earned by the drug run of American troops in the last 2 decades? Which “charity” was behind these dealings or did some private entity or group became very rich here.
    Is that the reason Trump’s Price jumped out of the box? Privatise officially what was privatised a long time ago by USA Inc?

    • JohnZ  August 17, 2017 at 7:01 am

      Eduardo, not to mention the cost in American lives and the cost of watching America drown in cheap heroin.

    • Eduardo  August 17, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      JohnZ, life don’t matter in America. Profit does.

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