The Taliban ‘Are Laughing At Trump’ Over Peace Plans
The Taliban are ‘scoffing’ at President Donald Trump over his desperation to get a peace deal in Afghanistan, according to the Daily Beast. The President’s strong desire to secure a final deal to end US involvement in the country is being exploited by the Taliban to get what they want.
The Taliban, which ruled Afghanistan before the US invasion of the country in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, intends to remain in power once the American troops leave. Their ultimate goal is to re-establish an Islamic emirate in the country, with a possible return to the repressive ways of the recent past.
“The Taliban have been rather rude with the US throughout the peace process because they have the impression that a withdrawal deal is a desperate desire of the USA, not the Taliban,” a European diplomat told the Daily Beast.
The concern is that once American troops have left, the civilian government of Afghanistan will come under increased pressure from the Taliban to create the kind of state they want, while the local army could melt away without American support. Before the US invasion, the Taliban operated one of the most oppressive regimes in the world.
President Trump has repeatedly said he wants American troops out of Afghanistan, even suggesting he could end the war by killing 10 million people. His desperation for a win on Afghanistan is being exploited with little guarantee that the post-war country will maintain basic human rights.