Taliban Open Letter to Trump Advises Afghanistan Withdrawal

In an open letter to President Donald Trump the Taliban urged for the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. In a long, rambling note written in English the Taliban said U.S. military presence over the past 16 years in Afghanistan has created an unstable, corrupt and poor country.

The letter goes on to say in part, “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...Previous experiences have shown that sending more troops to Afghanistan will not result in anything other than further destruction of American military and economical might therefore it would be wise if you adopt the strategy of a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan instead of a troops increase. On the one hand, this strategy will truly deliver American troops from harm’s way and on the other, it will bring to an end an inherited war by rectifying the mistakes of former American officials.”