TEHRAN (defapress) - The Taliban warned that Afghanistan would become "a graveyard" for the United States Tuesday after President Donald Trump cleared the way for thousands more American troops to be sent to the war-torn country.
News ID: 65686
Publish Date: 22August 2017 - 12:06
"If America doesn't withdraw its troops from
Afghanistan, soon Afghanistan will become another graveyard for this superpower
in the 21st century," Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban in
Afghanistan, said in a statement.
He added that America should think of an exit strategy
"instead of continuing the war".
"As long as there is one US soldier in our land, and
they continue to impose war on us, we, with a high morale will continue our
jihad," Mujahid said, AFP reported.
Trump backtracked from his promise to rapidly end America's
longest war in his first formal address to the nation as commander-in-chief
late Monday, though he did not offer specifics.
He said he had concluded "the consequences of a rapid
exit are both predictable and unacceptable", leaving a vacuum that
terrorists "would instantly fill".
While Trump refused to offer detailed troop numbers, senior
White House officials said he had already authorized his defense secretary to
deploy up to 3,900 more troops to Afghanistan.
Earlier Mujahid had dismissed the strategy as vague and
"For now I can tell you there was nothing new in his
speech and it was very unclear," he told AFP.
A senior Taliban commander told AFP that Trump was just
perpetuating the "arrogant behavior" of previous presidents such as
George W. Bush.
"He is just wasting American soldiers. We know how to
defend our country. It will not change anything. For generations we have fought
this war, we are not scared, we are fresh and we will continue this war until
our last breath," he told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location.
He added that the statement proved the current Afghan
government "is a US puppet".
The insurgents signaled their intentions minutes after Trump
spoke by claiming the US embassy in Kabul had been the target of a rocket
attack late Monday.
The rocket landed in a field in the city's diplomatic
quarter, with no casualties reported.
Trump also lambasted US ally Pakistan for offering safe
haven to "agents of chaos".
A commander from the Taliban-allied Haqqani network, long
believed to have links to Pakistan's shadowy military establishment, told AFP
that Trump "has proved it's a Crusade".
"His statement has proved that he wants to eliminate
the entire Muslim umma (community)," he said.
Prior to Trump's announcement the Taliban had written an
open letter warning him not to send more troops and calling for the complete
withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan.