ACCEPTANCE, KOMPAS.com – Taliban offers his support for the re-election campaign Presiden Donald Trump on Saturday (10/10/2020), with Islamic fundamentalists expressing hope for Trump to withdraw all troops AS out of Afghanistan.
The spokesman for the hardline Afghan Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahid, told CBS News by phone that same day, that the group’s senior leaders were pleased to know Trump had recovered from a diagnosis Covid-19.
Launch Newsweek on Saturday, the Taliban leadership said they “hoped” Trump to win US presidential election on November 3, against former Vice President Joe Biden.
The Taliban said its reason for supporting Trump was related to his administration’s ongoing efforts to withdraw 5,000 troops military that remains of Afghanistan, after 19 years of fighting in the Middle East, which is America’s longest war in history.
“We hope he will win the elections and end the US military presence in Afghanistan,” Mujahid told CBS News in a telephone interview.
Mujahid quoted the White House government’s statement on Thursday announcing that “our troops in Afghanistan will return home at the end of this year.”
“Trump may be a ridiculous (person) for the whole world, but he is sane and a wise man for the Taliban,” added a second senior Taliban leader.
Last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US military was on track to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by the spring of 2021.
However, in a surprise announcement made on Twitter on Thursday, Trump changed his schedule more closely, saying troops should leave by Christmas this year.
Some military officials cast doubt on the deadline, describing it as a pre-election political promise that jeopardizes already difficult negotiations with the Taliban and the Afghan government.
“I have brought them home, we have reduced 4,000 trips in Afghanistan and I will take them home at the end of the year, they will come home as we speak,” Trump told Fox Business Network on Thursday.
He continued, “Nineteen years is enough, they (US forces) act as police, they do not act as troops, we have the greatest forces in the world.”
He also prided himself, “I wiped out 100 percent of the caliphate ISIS, I killed (Quds Qasem Team Commander) Soleimani, I killed (ISIS leader Abu Bakr) al-Baghdadi. “
Trump praised the assassination militant ISIS last year as a more impressive effort than the efforts of the former president Barack Obama, which led to the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in May 2011.
A US intelligence report released in June said Russia had offered bounties to militants linked to the Taliban in exchange for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan.
Reports on Russia’s bounty targets halted progress in talks on withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan.
So that, announcement team withdrawal Trump’s Afghanistan was a surprise, with military officials describing the plan as “ridiculous”, according to reports Associated Press on Saturday.
“It’s October, so no, this is ridiculous. It can’t be happening,” said Jason Dempsey, a former infantry officer serving in Afghanistan, in an interview with Associated Press on Thursday.
“We could have a shallow show attracting uniformed troops, but obviously we still have a very large contractor presence, and we will need a uniformed base to oversee the closure and withdrawal of everything we have in the country,” Dempsey said.
The director of the ODI Center for Armed Group Studies, Ashley Jackson said it was not surprising that the Taliban had welcomed Trump’s announcement that he would be bringing troops home before Christmas.
“They (the Taliban) have spent 19 years fighting for this,” Jackson said in an interview with the newspaper The Guardian Thursday.
Trump’s campaign responded to the Taliban’s support for his re-election effort, in a statement on Saturday that said the president would always protect American interests “in whatever way is necessary.”
He highlighted the president’s diagnosis along with several other White House staff in recent weeks.
Newsweek contacted the White House for additional reaction to Taliban support on Saturday afternoon, but no response yet.