The Taliban Wants Trump To "Win" 2020 Elections & Withdraw U.S. Troops From Afghanistan

The Taliban Wants Trump To "Win" 2020 Elections & Withdraw U.S. Troops From Afghanistan

A spokesman for the organization, Zabihullah Mujahid, said Trump should win the upcoming election because he has kept his "bigger promises."

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After an informal endorsement from the notorious Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacist group that has targeted minorities in the U.S. including Black Americans, Jews, and immigrants, President Donald Trump received a vote of support from the Taliban. A spokesman for the organization, Zabihullah Mujahid told CBS News, "We believe that Trump is going to win the upcoming election because he has proved himself a politician who accomplished all the major promises he had made to American people, although he might have missed some small things, but did accomplish the bigger promises, so it is possible that the U.S. people who experienced deceptions in the past will once again trust Trump for his decisive actions."


The reason behind the Taliban's interest in keeping Trump as the President could be their shared hope of withdrawing military troops from Afghanistan. Currently, there are less than 5,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan and the number will significantly drop to 2,500 by early next year according to national security adviser Robert O'Brien. This decision was made after the Trump administration brokered a deal with the Taliban in February after 19 years of war, reports BBC. The pact requires the Taliban to sever all ties with Al Qaeda, a terrorist group that was held responsible for the tragic 9/11 attack, and negotiate a power-sharing deal with rivals of the Afghan government. In return, the U.S. has promised to withdraw U.S. troops by the spring of 2021. 


Last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated that the U.S. is set to completely withdraw its military presence from Afghanistan by April or May of 2021, following a meeting with Taliban co-founder and political deputy Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. This decision has been opposed by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden who although agrees with the decision of dwindling U.S. troops from Afghanistan but believes that there should be a residual force of "several thousand people to make sure we have a place from which we can operate" if the ISIS or Al Qaeda gains powers and tries to strike the U.S. Last week Trump said that "the small remaining number of our BRAVE Men and Women serving in Afghanistan home by Christmas." 


During the phone interview with CBS News, Mujahid added, "We think the majority of the American population is tired of instability, economic failures and politicians' lies and will trust again on Trump because Trump is decisive, could control the situation inside the country. Other politicians, including Biden, chant unrealistic slogans. Some other groups, which are smaller in size but are involved in the military business including weapons manufacturing companies' owners and others who somehow get the benefit of war extension, they might be against Trump and support Biden, but their numbers among voters is low."


"We hope he will win the election and wind up U.S. military presence in Afghanistan," said a senior Taliban leader who also praised Trump's honesty. "Honestly, Trump was much more honest with us than we thought, even we were stunned with his offer to meet Taliban in Camp David," they said. Last year, the POTUS invited the Taliban at Camp David for peace talks but canceled the plans after a U.S. soldier was killed by them. "Trump might be ridiculous for the rest of the world, but he is sane and wise man for the Taliban," continued the senior Taliban member who expressed his concern for his health. "When we heard about Trump being COVID-19 positive, we got worried for his health, but seems he is getting better," they said. 


Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign spokesman, rejected the Taliban support on Saturday saying, "The Taliban should know that the president will always protect American interests by any means necessary." But the Taliban seems to be impressed with Trump's "America first" approach. "It is the slogan of Trump from the start that they are not cops for the world and don't want a single flag and anthem for the globe, but their priority is America," said Mujahid. "When there is no interference by U.S. in other countries, we believe they are facing fewer threats compared to their aggressive position. Trump has a concrete policy in this regard and it is better for America."


That being said Trump's decision to retreat troops from Afghanistan appears dangerous with U.S. military commanders advising not to reduce troop levels below 4,500 and deeming the decision unsafe. Unless the Taliban actually reduces the level of violence and cuts its ties with Al Qaeda. On Sunday Mujahid claimed that CBS "interpreted and published [his] words incorrectly," claiming that they would prefer Trump staying in the White House and that it was not an outright endorsement for him, reports the Independent

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