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Taliban tells Trump to leave Afghanistan

Taliban tells Trump to leave Afghanistan
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The Taliban called on the United States to withdraw from Afghanistan in a new letter to President Trump, saying the situation is “far worse than you realize,” Reuters reported on Tuesday.

"Previous experiences have shown that sending more troops to Afghanistan will not result in anything other than further destruction of American military and economical might," the letter said, according to Reuters.

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The letter comes as the Trump administration works to devise a strategy to handle the nation's longest war. About 8,400 U.S. troops are currently conducting counterterrorism operations inside Afghanistan and are also training and advising the Afghan forces fighting the Taliban insurgency. 

"We have noticed that you have understood the errors of your predecessors and have resolved to thoroughly rethink your new strategy in Afghanistan," the group wrote in the letter.

"A number of warmongering congressmen and generals in Afghanistan are pressing you to protract the war in Afghanistan because they seek to preserve their military privileges." 

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe Memo: GOP mulls its future after Trump Juan Williams: Obama's dire warnings about right-wing media Democrats' squabbling vindicates Biden non-campaign MORE (R-Ariz.) took a shot at Trump for not delivering an Afghanistan strategy as he unveiled his own plan earlier this month that calls for an “enduring United States counterterrorism presence in Afghanistan.” 

The Taliban in the letter also said United States generals "are concealing the real statistics of your dead and crippled.”