The Taliban in Afghanistan lashed out at the U.S. after President Donald Trump laid out plans to increase troops to defeat the Taliban and other terror groups operating in the country, reported Al Jazeera.
“If America doesn’t withdraw its troops from Afghanistan, soon Afghanistan will become another graveyard for this superpower in the 21st century,” said Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid.
Another Taliban official said Trump was continuing the “arrogant behavior” of previous U.S. presidents. “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 said, speaking to the AFP news agency.
Although Trump did not mention a number, senior White House officials said the president had already authorized sending at least 3,900 more troops to the warn-torn country.
Outlining his plan in a speech earlier this week, Trump noted there are 20 groups designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the U.S. State Department operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. If the U.S. abandons Afghanistan, these groups will use the country as a launching pad to target the U.S. and destabilize the region, including nuclear-armed Pakistan.
From this base, they will be able to reverse the progress that has been made against terror havens in Iraq, Syria and Libya.
The Afghan government welcomed Trump’s commitment to continue the fight against the terror groups wrecking havoc in their country.
There are currently 8,400 U.S. troops in Afghanistan in addition to 5,000 more troops from coalition countries.
The war in Afghanistan, billed as the long-running war in U.S. history, has claimed the lives of 2,200 U.S. troops.