Taliban publishes open letter to Americans

The Taliban has published an open letter to the American people, calling on them to demand an end the conflict in Afghanistan and to reject “the inexperienced policies of president Trump and his war-monger advisors”.

Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Taliban, released copies of the 10-page document on Wednesday in several languages, detailing insurgent gains and so-called failures of the “illegitimate” US-led invasion, now in its 17th year.

The authors write that they hope Americans “will read this letter prudently and will evaluate the future of American forces and your profit and loss inside Afghanistan in light of the prevailing realities”.

They point out the continuing insurgency, and the costs incurred, plus the increase of drug production. They also emphasise the loss of life.

And, the authors argue, “it is not the duty of America to draft laws and suggest systems for other countries”.

The Taliban attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul earlier this year left 42 dead, including four US citizens Credit: MOHAMMAD ISMAIL

They claim that the war in Afghanistan, launched in 2001 “under the influence of misleading propaganda by your officials”, has now lost international support and should be brought to a negotiated conclusion.

The letter says: “The American people! You proclaim to be a developed and civilized nation of the world. Since the imposed government in Afghanistan is established by you therefore we leave it to your judgment to decide – according to your logic and conscience – whether the present system and its pertinent changes, insecurity, chaos and 87 per cent increase in narcotics are reforms or crimes against humanity?

“Your authorities proclaim that tens of billions of dollars have been spent on various reconstruction projects in Afghanistan. Of course this is the same money which is collected from you as taxes and revenues, but here it has been distributed among thieves and murderers.”

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