The Taliban have released an “open letter” to US President Donald Trump, urging him to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and not to “hand over the issue to warmongering generals.”
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in a long note sent to journalists said a withdrawal would “truly deliver American troops from harm’s way” and bring about “an end to an inherited war.”
“You must also not hand over the Afghan issue to warmongering generals, but must make a decision where history shall remember you as an advocate of peace,” Taliban’s letter said, addressing Trump.
The Taliban spokesman said the current US president has recognized the errors of his predecessors by seeking a review of the US strategy for Afghanistan.
“We have noticed that you have understood the errors of your predecessors and have resolved to thoroughly rethinking your new strategy in Afghanistan,” it added.
The 1,600-word note said Trump should not hand control of the US Afghan policy to the military but rather announce the withdrawal of US troops.
The United States now has about 8,400 troops in Afghanistan. The Pentagon seeks to send almost 4,000 more to expand training of Afghan military forces and bolster US operations. Trump has so far resisted the Pentagon’s recommendations.