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They tried to fight the U.S. and allied forces out of Afghanistan. They tried to scare troops out of the country.
But they never tried asking nicely.
In mid-August, that changed.
The Taliban, a group of hardline Muslims known for destabilizing and taking over governments in the Middle East, wrote President Donald J. Trump an open letter they linked to on Twitter.
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The Taliban Wants Us Out of Afghanistan
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The official press release the Taliban put out says, “We have noticed that you have understood the errors of your predecessors and have resolved to thoroughly rethink your new strategy in Afghanistan.” The press release also warns the president not to listen to “warmongering congressmen and generals” and to end the war soon; instead, they’d rather Trump solve the problem with “a complete withdrawal.”
Appealing to Trump’s apparent desire to separate himself from previous administrations, the open letter says, “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. 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.”
The U.S. has had a military presence in Afghanistan for 16 years, but recently, the Taliban has been growing. Experts now believe they control at least 10 percent of the country and are battling for another 33 percent. The Taliban has performed a number of major attacks this year, resulting in hundreds of casualties.
What Do You Think?
President Trump hasn’t yet unveiled his plans for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but it has been suggested that he’ll replace service members with private contractors and mercenaries. Do you think the U.S. should pull out of Afghanistan entirely, and if we should, what type of presence should we maintain there? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please share them on my Facebook page or Twitter.