The Taliban today celebrated news of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The ustralian News reported:
THE Taliban have welcomed news from Washington that the US might withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan next year, saying the American public was pressing for an end to “this aimless war”.
The comment came ahead of a crucial meeting between President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the White House on Friday that is expected to focus on how many American soldiers will remain in Afghanistan.
The US and its NATO allies have long planned to withdraw their combat troops by the end of 2014, although it has been widely expected that Washington will leave a force to train, advise and assist the Afghan army and police.
But Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser, told reporters on Tuesday that Obama would not rule out any ideas, including the so-called zero option – pulling out all the remaining 66,000 US troops…
…Taliban insurgents, however, seized on Rhodes’ comments as a sgn that the administration was under pressure from the American people to pull out completely from the nation’s longest war.
“We appreciate this step of the American public and all those societies who pressurise their government in the issue of Afghanistan as to bring this aimless war to an end and to evacuate all their troops,” the Taliban said in a statement on their website.
A screengrab from the Taliban website:
Here’s more from the Taliban statement today:
At present the American officials have raise the possibility of evacuating all their troops from Afghanistan, it demonstrates that just like the French people, the American people have also accurately perceived the ground realities. They drew the attention of the white house officials that the politics of might is not going to yield in the case of Afghanistan therefore they should adopt the politics of wisdom and logic. We appreciate this step of the American public and all those societies who pressurize their government in the issue of Afghanistan as to bring this aimless war to an end and to evacuate all their troops.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan welcomes the withdrawal of all American forces from Afghanistan and considers it a crucial positive step forward in solving the issue of Afghanistan. Furthermore we regard it as a good luck for both nations for the reason that in this way the war will come to an end.
They’re obviously very excited.