Taliban Welcomes Trump Hint of U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan by Christmas

Taliban Welcomes Trump Hint of U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan by Christmas


The Taliban said on Thursday that it “welcomes” U.S. President Donald Trump’s suggestion on Wednesday to withdraw all remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan “by Christmas.”

“We should have the small remaining number of our BRAVE Men and Women serving in Afghanistan home by Christmas!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The Taliban responded to the statement through its spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, the following day:

The Islamic Emirate [Taliban] welcomes these remarks and considers it a positive step for the implementation of the agreement signed between The IEA [Taliban] and the US. The IEA [Taliban] is also committed to the contents of the agreement and hopes for good and positive relations with all countries, including the US, in the future.

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The Taliban and the Afghan government began U.S.-brokered peace talks on September 12 in Doha, Qatar. The U.S. said in February that it would begin a phased withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan if the

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